Perry ballot petition rejected in Virginia
December 23rd, 2011
06:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry ballot petition rejected in Virginia

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not appear on the Virginia primary ballot after submitting a petition that didn't meet the commonwealth's requirements, the Virginia Republican Party announced Friday.

In an announcement on their Twitter feed, the Virginia GOP wrote, "After verification, RPV has determined that Rick Perry did not submit the required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary."

Perry was one of four candidates who submitted ballot petitions Thursday to the Virginia State Board of Elections. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also submitted petitions.

That left three current candidates, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, without a place on the Virginia ballot.

The state party spent Friday verifying that the submitted petitions met the requirements to appear on the ballot. The Virginia GOP said on their Twitter feed Friday that Romney and Paul had both submitted enough signatures to appear on the ballot.

Virginia requires candidates to submit petitions with 10,000 signatures from registered Virginia voters. Additionally, 400 signatures must come from voters in each of the commonwealth's eleven congressional districts.

Perry's campaign said in a statement they were looking at the decision closely.

"Despite aggressive efforts collecting thousands of Virginia signatures after Governor Perry's mid-August entry into the race, we were notified this evening of apparently falling short of the 10,000 voter signatures needed to qualify," Perry Communications Director Ray Sullivan said in a statement. "We will closely review the facts and law to determine whether an appeal or challenge is warranted."

He continued, "This is an isolated situation and does not impact Governor Perry qualifying for the ballot in every other state. Gov. Perry has the utmost respect for the strong place Virginia holds in our nation's economic and military strength and in American history. He will continue to work hard to build strong support in Virginia and earn the trust of conservative-minded voters there."

Virginia holds its Republican primary on March 6.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Virginia
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. mb2010a

    Why am I not surprised?? Pack it up, Ricky...and go home.

    December 24, 2011 06:05 am at 6:05 am |

    Who cares? Unqualified describes them all.

    December 24, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  3. Rbird

    Hello. This guy is not even qualified to be a Gov. of Texas. He reminds me of Palin

    December 24, 2011 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  4. willie floyd

    If you can't gather 10,000 votes in an entire state, that, in and of itself should prove to any candidate their chance of winning the nomination falls somewhere between slim to none..

    December 24, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  5. You must be joking.

    This is nothing more than political posturing by the GOP for Perry and Gingrich alike. Certain "candidates" should receive an exemption when it's clear that they're of national prominence.

    December 24, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Wait, Virginia will be lucky enough to not have Perry the halfwit campaigning in their state? The rest of us should be so lucky!

    December 24, 2011 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  7. mark

    The only person who cares for this guy is himself

    December 24, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  8. Jim

    And yet the media treats this clown like he is a legitimate presidential candidate while telling Huntsman to take a hike, even though Huntsman is the only thing in this primary season that could be considered a 'moderate republican'.

    December 24, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  9. Rags

    Does anybody beides me get a funny feeling everytime hey look at Perry? That is some creepy and scary person that I would not want to be alone with. I bet he has a hidden camera in the bathroom at home so he can peek at people.

    December 24, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  10. 09RoadKing

    The only votes that Perry should get is to be shipped out of town. He is "NOT" in touch with the American people.

    December 24, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  11. Perry/Bachmann/Palin = The Pea Brain Party

    Perhaps this is Perry's last OOPS moment. We can only hope so.

    December 24, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  12. meme

    Thank goodness. Neither will Gingrich. Strong message to them that their kind of thinking is not welcomed in that state.

    December 24, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  13. nancy

    Repulicans better get somebody else to run than the ones running because non of them can beat obama. I want to vote with a deceit candidate but I don't see any,

    December 24, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. Zwei Stein

    I would have thought that basic requirements such as this would have been accomplished and verified by the candidates staff long ago. Seems very amateurish.

    December 24, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. It is Against Ronald Reagan Rule for Myth Romney and his Super PACs Thug to Attack Fellow GOPers

    GOP elite and Karl Rove tactics! – why cast a single vote when the establishment GOP thugs already deemed your candidate unworthy to be on the ballot box?!!!

    Karl Rove playbook of dirty politics is at work again...clearing the way for Myth Romney while denying GOP/Teabagging voters their right to vote....welcome to dirty politics in America!!!

    December 24, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
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