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. Panelist

    How many signatures did he have, 12?


    December 23, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Dave

    Too bad, this guy really represented what the republican party is all about. Religious zealotry, anti-intellectuallism, and crony country club old boy networks.

    December 23, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. Aimee

    Perry: "Wait, 10,000 is more than 9,465??? I thought you are s'possed ta add up all the indivi'jal numbers that make up the big number to figure out how big the big number is, and 9+4+6+5 is WAAAY more bigger than 1+0+0+0!!"

    Perry's sole remaining aide: "It's okay, Rick. They are obviously using that commie Obama math. Let's get you to the bus so you can watch some Sponge Bob and have a sip or two of that whiskey sippie cup Mrs. Perry got ya for your birthday."

    December 23, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. Jonathen

    Anyone who signs their name off on any of these republican fools are a privy to the problem they cause.

    December 23, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    The only thing good about the Perry campaign is that it allows the voters in Texas to see just how smart our governor isn't. Hopefully he will retire or be voted out in the next election.

    December 23, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. partysstink

    Lol the loser just doesnt know when to quit.

    December 23, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Paul

    Good ... let's not waste more money and time. Now, let's kick out of the race everyone, including Romney .. so we save out peace and don't have to watch clowns make full of themselves for the next 11 months

    December 23, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. AGeek

    HA HA .. /Nelson ..

    December 23, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. jacqueartist

    Good thing there's no math questions on this comical Republican test of candidates

    December 23, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. YellowSnow

    And, he can't count.

    December 23, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Gregorio

    I guess "Jesus" is not with him this time..

    December 23, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |

    Rick Perry is a big joke and is a big embarrassment to the GOP and the united states.

    December 23, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. clearfog

    His staff told him to go to the VA. He thought they meant Virginia, not the psych ward. Big misunderstanding.

    December 23, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. kenny

    I was in error when I said this Republican Primary was a 3 ring circus. It is a 6 ring circus full of clowns all trying to pack themselves into 1969 VW Beetlebug.

    December 23, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. Charles

    Well, if a candidate for the most powerful office in the world can't get his act together to run in a primary in a single state I am not optimistic he can organize and run an administration that can influence world events and respond in kind. Perry need to call it quits!

    December 23, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Newmoon2

    Perry's out... he's been out since he melted down during the debates. His withdrawal is just a formality at this point. Buh-bye, Slick Rick.

    December 23, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Terry

    He should commit fraud like Obama did in 2008 and get fake signatures.

    December 23, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. brian

    hahaha, an early Christmas gift from Baby Jesus... helping protect the American people from themselves... Amen

    December 23, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. NotSurprised

    Didn't get enough signatures? Oops...

    December 23, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Gilberto Moreno

    In my cynical mind I have to wonder if the perry campaign was not hoping to slide one by. What, they thought no one would notice that they were short on signatures? Can you say "attempted fraud"?

    December 23, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Fred L. Fraud

    Turn out the lights, that party's over...

    December 23, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. cindy

    If you can't get yourself on the ballot, how in the world can you run the country?

    December 23, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. Wicked Fairy

    Perry, Palin, Bachmann, Romney, or Newt (anybody but Paul) can and will defeat Obama.

    December 23, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. Struck OutAgain

    Well Doggie! Looks like Perry bit the dust once again but this time not in one of his OOpps moments! How 'bout that!

    December 23, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. LiveFreeor

    Isn't it interesting that Ron Paul has received such solid support from the citizens of Virginia? Those crazy, liberty loving, fiscally prudent lunatics of the Commonwealth of Virginia!

    December 23, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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