(CNN) - Rick Perry, whose campaign suffered a blow when the Republican Party of Virginia rejected its petition to appear on the state's primary ballot, challenged the "constitutional validity" of the ballot rules Tuesday.
Perry's campaign filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District, saying the statutes in Virginia law regulating access to the primary ballot were "among the most onerous in the nation and severely restrict who may obtain petition signatures."
Perry was one of four candidates to submit petitions to the Virginia elections board in the hopes of appearing on the state's GOP primary ballot. Candidates are required to obtain 10,000 signatures from registered voters, and must ensure that 400 signatures come from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts.
After combing through Perry's petitions, the Republican Party of Virginia determined that they didn't meet the requirements. The board also rejected former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's petitions.
Perry's campaign said the restrictive access to the ballot would wind up hurting Virginia voters.
"Gov. Perry greatly respects the citizens and history of the Commonwealth of Virginia and believes Virginia Republicans should have greater access to vote for one of the several candidates for President of the United States," Perry campaign communications director Ray Sullivan said in a statement.
Gingrich's campaign said they were also looking into legal recourse following the Virginia decision. Initially, Gingrich's organization announced they were pursuing a write-in campaign, but further analysis of Virginia state law determined that write-ins were prohibited in primary elections.
Speaking Tuesday to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gingrich said the rules were complicated, but that the failure to get on the Virginia ballot was ultimately a blunder.
"This was a mistake. And we feel badly about it. I think it will be the only state that we're not on the ballot," Gingrich said.
Oh, cry me a river!!
"...severely restrict who may obtain petition signatures." No. No, it does not. It requires that you obtain 10,000 signatures and you didn't meet those requirements. Other candidates did it. The only one who restricted Rick Perry was.....Rick Perry.
No Newt, you also won't be on the ballot in Missouri either since you FAILED to turn in any of the paperwork before the deadline. Oh well, what a shame .
Why waste his time? He will be out of the race by the time they get to VA.
Face it, your campaign staff could not find ten thousand registered voters who were willing to have their name associated with your campaign. This is much too funny.
challenged the "constitutional validity" of the ballot rules Tuesday
Talk about Irony. All that disrespectful talk in the debate about how they were going to sort the judges out, now they appear hat in hand begging for a judgement.
"Rick Perry doesn't have [an Achilles' heel]. Rick Perry has an Achilles' head"
– John Oliver, The Daily Show
Stick a fork in him. He's done.
"This was a mistake. And we feel badly about it. I think it will be the only state that we're not on the ballot," Gingrich said. – Wrong, you forgot about Missouri and Ohio.
HAH!... look who dislikes voter suppression all of a sudden!
Not smart enough to follow simple rules to qualify for the ballot = not smart enough to be president.
Wow, I predicted right here on CNN that he Perry would drag the courts into this. What a whining loser, a perfect representation of both his religion and his party.
Perry is a firm believer in states' rights – unless he doesnt think they're right.
This matter was decided by the Virginia State Legislature so apparently these Republicans are opposed to judges legislating from bench except for when THEY are asking judges to legislate from the bench
You mean a state's rights anti-federal government GOP type doesn't like a particular state's rule? And to correct that, he runs to ask an activist judge from the federal government to change the state's law? Can you say hypocritical? I knew you could.
►Perry challenges Virginia ballot rules
ginGRINCH also and they both are fools
NOT getting 10,000 is what really put them under
Therefore, “…failure to get on the Virginia ballot was ultimately [their] blunder.”
In reality, there are too many “candidates” and to get over 10,000 signatures for each one from the RIGHT/far-RIGHT is not even feasible in VA. And the GRINCH lives here………..LMAO.
An effective demonstration of this candidate's poor management and organizational skills.
All the candidates should just pull out of the so-called primary. If VA doesn't allow all the candidates, then none of them should enter. What the heck kind of primary doesn't allow the national candidates because of some outdated rules. Change the rules.
oops, posted the last post on the wrong story... oh well!!!
The only think that would hurt Virginian voters would be to have these two baboons on the ballot.
If you're gonna play the game, you'd better know the rules. You can't just make it up as you go along. Especially if you think you can handle the office of the presidency. Other countrys will use it to their advantage and eat you alive if you go into the job with that attitude. And that is how wars begin. At least Gingrich admitted to a blinder.
His campaign along with Gingrich don't well enough to get the job done. That shows to me that they may not have the organization to get the job done for the regular election. This could be seen that they might not be able to really do a good job as president because they don't know all the rules and can't figure out what needs to be done.
If you are gonna play the game, you had better know rules.
That's a shame for Newwt
What's this? Gov. OOPS Trying to legislate through the courts? Looking for an "activist" judge, rick? This guy made non existant voter fraud his highest priority in pushing a voter supression bill in the TEX. Legislature this year. A law that is currentyly being stopped from taking effect by the justice dept., thank god. Now he wants to change virginia voter law because the law as written is inconvenient to him. Hey guv, too damn bad. How does voter supression grab ya now? Poetic justice!
Wow, these guy REALLY need Katherine Harris on their team! NO ONE can "fix" election "mishaps" for her boss like she can. W Jr (AKA Rick Perry) should have had her number on speed dial (that is, if he actually knows how to use a phone).