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. tony

    That dum b as s... I guess he forgot to study the dem chea ters where they go to nursing homes and hold the hands of people who ca't comprehend or even sign for themselves, but they sign for the dems... lol

    December 23, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. CelticStar7

    Perry, Palin, Bachmann, Romney, or Newt (anybody but Paul) can and will defeat Obama in 2012.

    December 23, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Rainbows

    Sometimes, I am proud to be a Virginian! (Now to get rid of that idiot Cantor.)

    December 23, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Lil' Ricky P.


    December 23, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    All that money & thick as two bricks

    December 23, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. ProudOfVA


    December 23, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. LiveFreeor

    Perry's response is that third department of government he plans to eliminate is actually the state of Virginia

    December 23, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Capt. Obvious

    If you want to run a country you need to be prepared. If you can't generate the signatures to even get yourself on the ballot you have no business wasting air-time at the debates. VOTE RON PAUL !

    December 23, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. blah

    what a ridiculous amount of work to get on the ballot... 400 in each congressional district... what a waste of time for the interns having to run around your stupid state.

    December 23, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Bribarian

    Dont let the media choose your candidate, Ron Paul 2012

    December 23, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Frank

    What a Loser.

    December 23, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Frank

    where is George?

    December 23, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Reverend Horton

    10"k" signatures? that's where Rick made the mistake, he thought it said 10 KKK signatures and he did manage to get all those

    December 23, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. kenny

    To All you TeaPublicans out there I have been bashing all year, I do wish each of you and your families a very MERRY CHRISTMAS. I know we rarely if ever agree but at this time of the year I do wish you much Christmas Cheer.

    December 23, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Nick

    "This leaves Gingrich as the one GOP candidate who's position on the Virginia ballot is still in question."

    Really, the writer doesn't know to use "whose".

    December 23, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Geoff

    It looks like the idiot will have to wait another four years to mount an attack... Maybe by then the American People will be dumbed down enough to buy his moronic drivel... No, It will take more than a thousand years for an American majority to devolve to the primate level... sorry Rick.

    December 23, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Bennyfranklin

    Good riddance. I have shoes that have more of an intellect then this facade of a man. I guess even magic underwear can't win an election that's more fake then those politicians' "care" for the middle and lower class.

    December 23, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. Eric

    Who is still pouring money into this guys campaign anyway? If they don't mind wasting that kind of money, they can give it to me, I'll use it for something much less annoying than vote for Perry nonsense.

    December 23, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. bawana

    perry and a fellow aggie walking down the road comes accross this dog sitting and bent over licking himself down there,,,perry looks over at his fellow aggie and says,,, see that dog?sure i wish i could do that,,,the other aggie replied,,,,go ahead i'm sure the dog won't mind

    December 23, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. GrogInOhio

    So.... someone thinks this kind of incompetence would make a fine president?

    December 23, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Pastafaria

    Most likely Perry thought that "10K signatures" meant that he needed to only collect 10 signatures, but all from supporters whose names began with the letter "K." But what do you expect from a product of a public education system that, among other things, advocates a science curriculum that admittedly emphasizes Intelligent Design over Evolution and devotes more time to Jefferson Davis than Abraham Lincoln in teaching the Civil War. Intelligence 1, Texas 0. Now y'all crawl back under them rocks ya came out from under of. Better luck in the 2016 primaries, idiots.

    December 23, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. Dave

    They guys a clown. I'm starting the party called "The Not Another Dumb Texan Party".

    December 23, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. gofraelc

    His staff recommended that he go to the VA. He thought they meant Virginia, not the psych ward. Big Misunderstanding.

    December 23, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. organically

    The Tea Party does not compromise and focuses instead on perpetuating mistrust in our government. A mission of the Tea Party is to make you believe that all government regulations undercut your privacy. An aim of the Tea Party is to convince the population that our own democratically elected government cannot do anything right, part of their plot to end all government spending. A central goal of the Tea Party is to increase the paranoia that our own government is our greatest enemy and hinders our freedom. The Tea party wants you to feel that our entire government is a complete failure, part of their goal to turn us against our democratically elected officials. The Tea Party wants you to think that government is the main cause of your personal financial problems and that president Obama is responsible for all of our national economic woes.

    December 23, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. Relictus

    Not surprising or a campaign halter, mildly amusing to see him faulter.

    December 23, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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