February 3rd, 2012
06:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum misses out on Indiana ballot, promises challenge

Fulton, Missouri (CNN) – The Republican Party of Indiana announced Friday that just three of the four remaining Republican presidential candidates had filed enough signatures to qualify for a place on the state's primary ballot. Forty-three delegates will be up for grabs in Indiana at the state's primary on May 8.

Mitt Romney will officially be on the ballot. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul both submitted enough signatures but must get those signatures certified by the state's secretary of state by February 10. The state party deemed however that Rick Santorum's submission had fallen short.

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Following the party's announcement, the Santorum campaign quickly pushed back. After an event at William Woods University Friday afternoon, Santorum told reporters that his campaign had fallen 24 signatures short of the number required to be placed on the ballot. The reason his campaign had fallen short, he said, was that the party changed their rules in the middle of the game.

"They put the petitions out before redistricting, and then while the petitions were out they changed the district lines and some of the petition signatures we had were in the district, but the old district not the new one," Santorum said.

Asked if his campaign would challenge the decision Santorum said "absolutely."

"We've got some very credible – I'm sure solid legal challenges and I have no doubt that we'll be on the ballot there," Santorum said.

His campaign was looking at two possible avenues. The first was the issue of the districts, but according to Santorum the party also invalidated 200 signatures that his campaign was going to review.

"I think the fundamental issue is you can't have petitions circulated and have one district be one thing and then half way through have the district change and not count the signatures that were given at the time that they were in fact in that district," Santorum said.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Mitt's grass is green because it's cash.

    How you run your campaign is how you'll run your presidency. Hmm, Santorum and Gingrinch can't properly get on the ballots. Newtie ven blew it in his home state! Romeny just got endorsed by the Trumpster who always registers for the opposite party when a Dem/Repub takes office.

    February 3, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. arale norimaki

    Rick Santorum is the anti-gay, anti-abortion guy who is running on these social issues. Never mind health reform or jobs. Or anything important or non-discriminatory, for that matter.

    February 3, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. dagoberto

    How can someone with such a weak organization be capable of handling the problems of USA?

    February 3, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Jamie from Riverside

    A day late and a dollar short.

    February 3, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Santorum was criticizing Gingrich, and now he plans to "challenge"? Guess what's good the goose is NOT good for the gander.

    February 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Ed Fl

    This Santorum guy thinks that rules do not apply to him ,that is why he got kicked out of office as a Senator and now thinks the world owes him a living or be allowed to disregard rules.You tried that once as a senator and it is probably the reason your State kicked you out. Try being honest and follow the rules. It probably won't work as your reputation is already exposed.

    February 3, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. otermbachmann

    And poopy poo wants to be president? He is differently a neocon.

    February 3, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. FlyOnTheWall

    LMAO......loser! Run along!!

    February 3, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. FlyOnTheWall

    Very poor excuses..dude...face rit nobody is interested in your radical right lies!!

    February 3, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Rick ,
    go home , take care of your family.

    Drunk Republicans Rally For Santorum, Rick Scott ... vicious Yahweh ben Yahweh cult
    Great Show , free booze

    February 3, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. ak

    santorum is an idiot. I can't stand his whining. He thinks gay people aren't human beings. I'm not gay, but I firmly stand for gay rights. Santorum also wants to stay in Afghanistan and bomb iran. Biggest POS i've ever seen. I don't understand how anyone would vote for this clown

    February 3, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. RETREAD

    Bye bye rotten ricky

    February 3, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Pest

    Aww, that sure is too bad.

    February 3, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. Edna

    I would like to know on all candidates for President who they plan to have as their Vice President if elected. Can this be asked in a caucus?

    February 3, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. Dieter Zerressen

    I love when the Republicans end up suppressing their own voters. That's karma, baby.

    February 4, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Henry Miller

    Santorum would be doing the GOP, not to mention the country as a whole, a big favour if he'd just go home–and that goes for all the bible-thumpers as well. Imposing your will on other people simply because your imaginary god wants you to do it is just wrong.

    February 4, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  17. Enzo Brigantti

    Why is this clown still in the race? He's missing on the ballots in other states too, so is Gingrich.

    The only ones that have a national campaign are Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.

    February 4, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  18. George P.

    I guess Indiana doesn't want a byproduct on their ballot...

    February 4, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  19. davis

    All these republican clowns need to sit down obama 2012

    February 4, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  20. Reed

    Nah, Santorum. You can stay out of my state. We don't want you.

    February 4, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  21. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    Typical Santorum. Why is it that all the other candidates could get the required amount of signatures even though as Santorum says "they changed their rules in the middle of the game". If he ha enough support in the state he would have had no problem getting the required amount of signatures, which by the way is only 500 signatures per district. Maybe there's a reason cry baby Santorum couldn't get the 500 signatures, that reason being Santorum! The state should stand by their finding and not give in to the cry baby, he couldn't get 500 signatures, end of story.

    February 4, 2012 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  22. Name RADIAH

    Just sit down!

    February 4, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  23. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The voter fraud state. CNN ignores the fact that GOBP wingnut Charlie White was convicted of voter fraud and replaced as SEC of state. The only voter fraud found in America. The ACORN stories were lies to supress the vote in the fall. Wipe out the GOBP radical extremists on November 6.

    February 4, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  24. rad666

    Santorum, forget your presidential run. With a handicapped child, America will not vote you in.

    February 4, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  25. adam

    This is Santorum's second miss. Don't blame people if they miss to vote for him in the other states. Looks like Ron Paul is way more organized than the rest.

    February 4, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |