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. Mike Scott

    This shouldn't surprise anyone except Perry. He's the only one who is stupid enough to believe he could be President.

    December 23, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. ClearAndPresentThinking

    Don't know what happened to my post; I must have stepped on some toes. Whatever, no one will miss Perry in VA or anywhere else for that matter.

    December 23, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. notaperryfan

    How totally inept......

    December 23, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. gwats

    And the 'Beast' that is the modern-day GOP continues to eat it's young.

    December 23, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. Big Al

    This has to be the fault of the liberal media, right?

    December 23, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  6. Honestly

    As Rick Perry and Ron Paul served in military, they are much better qualified to be in charge of military anyway.

    On another hand, Mitt "Draft Dodger" Perry is completely unfit to serve as commander and chief.

    I guess, we no longer looking for a basic common sense qualifications and just looking for a pretty face.

    I am not saying that you have to have a long service record to be in charge of the army, but at least you shouldn't be nun.
    woops, wrong again, Mitt Romney became one to avoid draft.

    Very sad...

    December 23, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. hextarski

    Wow! this is major. It's starting to look like the field is narrowing down fast. And if this is any indication, the battle will ultimately be between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. They seem to be the only ones with the organization to carry them through the whole primary process. I would have thought with all his monetary backing that Perry would have been able to survive for quite a while, but this failure to get on the Virginia ballot does not bode well for his candidacy. Romney seems competent, but it is unclear what his actual principles and values are. Ron Paul on the other hand is consistent and principled with a strong foundation in Libertarian philosophy. Ron Paul is the man for the job,

    Ron Paul 2012

    December 23, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Thinker

    It's not like this clown would actually get the nomination...

    Ron Paul 2012.

    December 23, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. Lee

    Oh well, Cowboy Fonzie will drop out before Super Tuesday anyway. Thanks for playing Rick.

    December 23, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. pn

    Isn't he gonna say something immensely stupid or launch some great comic TV ad like "faith" or "strong" soon?

    December 23, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. wingnut

    Hmmm if he can't even get this right should he really be running for President of the US?

    December 23, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. Charles Bowen

    Send this clown back to texas he is just like Baby Bush. Rich ,Religious Righteous Rightwing, Republican. This was once a party now its a bad joke on the American People...... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    December 23, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. C-bag

    First comment.

    December 23, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. scott

    I think it's pretty clear at this point that Perry wants the limelight but not the job.

    December 23, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. Nelson Muntz


    December 23, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  16. apotropoxy

    Expect Gingrich to screw the Virginia primary up, too.
    Had he not taken a mid-campaign Mediterranean cruise and watched his staff quit because of it, maybe he could have gotten his little act together.

    December 23, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. conandoyle

    Wow, Perry found yet another way to make himself look inept.

    I wouldn't have thought that possible.

    December 23, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  18. Wind

    Wow, this is a big screw up for Perry. Not that I think he will become President anyway.

    December 23, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. You

    Not like anyone was going to vote for this clown.

    December 23, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. kman02

    Virginia is a safe bet that they won't select a moron. Now they have a choice between an idiot and a fish.

    December 23, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  21. bspurloc

    racist christian taliban denied....... Ron Paul accepted

    December 23, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  22. Abolish All Religion


    December 23, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  23. Adam

    Its not like he actually has a chance of winning.

    December 24, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  24. overkill

    carefull CNN , the people will turn from complaining to finding out who the writers are and may resort to violence . the united states economy is no longer just a topic its a real serious issue. News should be something talked about and not biased against , one day CNN and FOX may end up changing the news world and it will not be for the better. i assure you that when the day comes and wrongs will be made right , people of such magnitude will show up knocking on your doors.its one thing to have an opinion , its another to shove it off on to people who do not think the way you do. just because your glass is half full doesnt mean mine isnt half empty.the news world has the power to make a diffrence in this world and if they decide to exploit there opinions to sway directions for personal gain in anyway , then you are no better than hitler himself.

    December 24, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  25. kman02

    Virginia is a safe bet that they won't select a m0ron. Now they have a choice between an 1diot and a fish.

    December 24, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
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