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. korkea aika

    Rick Perry wanted to submit 10,000 signature, but he forgot.

    December 23, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. diridi

    Good for this idiot, I do not know as to how Texas idiots voted for this one...

    December 23, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. NoTags

    Does it really make any difference if Perry's name is on the ballot or not? His 15 minutes of fame were up months ago and he should go home after Iowa.

    December 23, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. nancy

    The way they have done this seems pretty unfair to Perry, if I may say so. I don’t like the way Virginia has done this. I think that is the primary reason why they did it. I have predicted that they will backtrack on this, amid threat of seeking legal redress from the Perry team, but the harm will have been done. Who will be paying attention during the holiday or just after – when they quietly announce that Perry is back on the ballot?
    But Perry will prevail so I remain in high spirits. I just love how Romney keeps showing his hand, though, that he remains terrified of Perry. Those who underestimate Perry do so at their own peril.

    December 23, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. Dave

    Don't sweat it, Rick. It's all an exercise in futility, anyway.

    December 23, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Setting the bar as high as they do, it is a wonder that anyone can meet their requirements to appear on the Ballot.

    December 23, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    It's jjust a matter of time before the people of Texas can have this murdering idiot back. The rest of the country has laughed enough.

    December 23, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. carrotroot

    These guys are running for president ... how on earth did they miss the deadline to appear on the ballot? Inexcusable.

    December 23, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  9. Salty Dog

    Does Virginia really count at this point? Rick Perry has screwed up big in public appearances. He would have been the only Republican candidate strong enough to beat Obama. He was the only one they were really scared of running against. The rest of the field won't even get close. It will be a landslide victory for Obama in 2013 and I am a Republican that refuses to vote for Paul, Romney, or the Grinch Gingrich. I don't even support ir like Obama. What a mess for the Perry campaign.

    December 23, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Pete/Ark

    Couldn't find 10000 legitimate voters to sign on ? I think that's what the preachers call a "sign from God".

    December 23, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Bill

    He should have used ACORN.

    December 23, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. Just a guy

    I'd like to see Perry in there so he can make more statements and permanently get out of the race. I smell Bush V3, we need a true change, Ron Paul is the answer.

    December 23, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. Albert Friday

    If this was the Obama campaign, he would send out ACORN to come up with the necessary signatures. Look at Indiana.

    December 23, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. yu

    Sarah palin GOP nomminee 2012

    December 23, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Mark

    One can only sit back, smile and shake their head. The GOP is in a tailspin. They fight about a tax break extention of all things. Romney said today if he was Pres. all college kids would get a job if they graduate. REALLY?? Then you have this baffoon Perry who can't get the paperwork right for the VA. primary but, he say's he can rewrite the trax code. REALLY?? Oh and Gingrich, some question about his paperwork I guess. And the others, well they didn't try so it looks
    like a two person race in Va. REALLY?? Even Trump jumped ship today, seems he can see whats comming with Iraq the economy the GOP. AND, they still think they can win in 2012. REALLY?? I'm shaking my head and smiling, Ill bet Pres.
    Obama is too.

    December 23, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Griple Mug

    Why not keep them all off the ballot – bunch of no good knuckleheads.

    December 23, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Ryan

    No one likes this guy. He is so stupid. Not really sure how he became governor of a state. Ron Paul is the most intelligent statesman left to heal the country.

    December 23, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. Bortain

    Perry is not very smart if he can't get on a state's ballot.

    December 23, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. Paul

    Embarrassing. Thats also the word that can just flat describe Perry though.

    December 23, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. nolimits3333

    Virginia is for lovers, not slow witted governors from Texas.

    December 23, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Peter Gatliff

    Funny in Texas they gerrymander and restrict people from voting, Now Perry got a taste of his own medicine. Merry Christmas Rick.

    December 23, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Fred Smith

    The reported response from Perry was "Herp derp derp, there is syrup in my rectum"

    December 23, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. Mike Hou

    Virginia is doing it's citizens an enormous diservice by denying them the right to choose their own canidate!

    December 23, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. Marla

    As a former Texas resident, all I can say is Ha, Ha, Ha!

    December 23, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. peter

    keep all those creeps out of virginia

    December 23, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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