Gingrich won't cast ballot in GOP primary
March 6th, 2012
01:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich won't cast ballot in GOP primary

Huntsville, Alabama (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will not vote in Tuesday's Republican primary in Virginia, where he is a resident but his name is not on the ballot.

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said the candidate, who is campaigning in Georgia and Alabama on Election Day, did not request an absentee ballot and did not plan to cast a ballot in person on Tuesday.

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Gingrich failed to get the required signatures to get his name as a candidate on Virginia's ballot.

His wife Callista also will not vote, Hammond said.

Virginia resident Rick Tyler, who is behind the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future, voted in the primary even though his candidate was not on the ballot.

In an effort to keep votes away from presumed front-runner Mitt Romney, Tyler voted for Ron Paul. He told CNN he is "still queasy" about it.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Virginia
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. San

    Even Gingrich wouldn't vote for himself...LOL!!!

    March 6, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. matt

    He is not on the Ballot in Virginia San couldn't vote for himself that's why he isn't voting.

    March 6, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    So why is it that these candidates for POTUS can't even follow the directions of how to get on the ballot? It seems like a simply question doesn't it? I can't think of one acceptable answer, can you? Think positive and think for the future, elect a democrat for every single office, federal, state and local. Bring sanity back to government,

    March 6, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. JLR

    He's shirking his duties as a citizen, as far as I'm concerned.

    March 6, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. cali girl

    Proof of the low voter turnout. Even Grinchy won't vote. so much for civil liberties.

    March 6, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. ALS

    This just proves the pettiness and child-like tendencies of super right-wing Republicans, at least in my opinion.

    March 6, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. The Elephant In The Room

    Exactly how InCOMPETENT do you have to be to blow the chance to vote in your so-called "home state".

    Do we REALLY want to trust this man with the management of Chief Executive duties? His resume seems to suggest he is not qualified.

    March 6, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. skippy1071

    Gingrich's problem with the Virginia ballot wasn't that they didn't get enough signatures. His campaign thought they had done what was required. The problem was that the paid staffer they entrusted with doing his job of getting signatures ended up being a lazy good-for-nothing and forged over 1000 signatures. Those were thrown out, as they should have been, which took him below the 10,000 number.

    March 6, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. QM48

    I agree with JLR. I understand he's not on the ballot, but what about down ballot? The local and state congressional offices?

    If he didn't like who was on the ballot for President, fine. Why not just skip the office and vote for the other republicans? One can undervote but they can't over-vote. Nobody is going to know who you voted for but only that you voted. Now it makes Newt look like a sour puss because he wasn't on the ballot.

    It makes one wonder why should I support you when you wouldn't support other republicans?

    March 6, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. max33333445555

    so gingrich gets a pass because he had a lazy, dishonest staffer? what happened to the "buck stops here"? this wasnt a volunteer. this was a paid staffer with a critical task. where was the oversight?

    March 6, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Ken

    He couldn't organize a peanut stand, let alone get on the ballot! And he thinks that he can run the country!

    Good Luck, Newtie!! And God Save America!

    March 6, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    None of the Republican candidates are qualifed to be POTUS, beginning with the bad apple in the basket, Gingrich. Neither Gingrich or Santorum seem to have the management skills, or at least know someone who does, to put together a coherent national campaign that crosses all of the T's and dots all of the I's.

    Romney's claims to job creation are highly suspect because he stopped answering questions about it once he made his blantantly false claim that he created 100,000 jobs *while at* Bain Capital. Some 90% of the jobs created at the companies he cites were created *well after* Romney left Bain, or *well after* the companies left Bain to operate on their own. Paul needs no introduction. His message has been rejected at least twice before.

    March 6, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |