Huntsman doesn't make the cut in Arizona
January 10th, 2012
03:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman doesn't make the cut in Arizona

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will not appear on the Arizona primary ballot, according to the secretary of state's office.

Secretary of State Spokesman Matthew Robert told CNN Huntsman's petitions were not notarized and therefore rejected by the office. Monday was the deadline for candidates to file paperwork to appear on the Feb. 28 GOP primary ballots.

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Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller on Tuesday said the campaign believes it submitted the required forms properly and "are challenging the ruling and expect to be on the ballot."

Robert said there is no appeals process through the secretary of state's office and that challenges could be waged in court.

The latest ballot dust up follows an ongoing battle in Virginia, where Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were the only candidates to qualify for the March 6 Republican primary ballot. The state rejected filings from the campaigns of five other candidates after they failed to properly obtain 10,000 signatures from registered voters, 400 of which were required from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts.

Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann, who has since suspended her presidential campaign, joined Rick Perry's lawsuit against the state's board of elections over laws Team Perry said are "unconstitutional."

In early January Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli reconsidered a proposal he made to ease the state's ballot restrictions by the March primary.

"After working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 Presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns that qualified even with Virginia's burdensome system," Cuccinelli said in a statement.

- CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. rs

    He is wayyyy too smart to be a GOP candidate in AZ.

    January 10, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Doesn't really matter... Huntsman isn't going to "make the cut" even when he is ON the ballot! By the time Arizona rolls around, Huntsman will be long gone and forgotten.

    January 10, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Emperor Vadik, CA

    This is such BS....

    ...anyone who WANTS to be on a ballot....


    January 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    While I will agree standing on stage with the other morons – Huntsman looks and acts the most presidential. Having said that IF he is so articulate and smart as some of YOU seem to think he is (and I'm not arguing with you because I counldn't care less) why doesn't he understand he doesn't stand a chance in the republican party and go independent? Not smart, not practical and certainly not realistic. Just my opinion.

    January 10, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Norchal

    As a registered independent Arizonan who plans on voting for the guy...I'm a little miffed.

    January 10, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. SafeJourney

    Ya know, it really is to bad the GOP/TP do not want Huntsman. He definately is the smartest one of the group.

    January 10, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. PJ Smith

    Look, I'm not going to vote for any Republican this cycle....sorry but the bad behavior of the House Leadership pretty much besmirches the entire party. But if I HAD TO vote for one of them, it would be Huntsman. On the numbers he's about the only one who has the verifiable bona fides to be a successful President. If Mitt should actually win (a fact I highly doubt), he might be good for big business in the short term, but the long term backlash that would swell from the growing numbers of have-nots would put the GOP in the dark ages for the following 50 years.

    January 10, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. PJ Smith

    @woman in California – because there's no stage for third party candidates. I'm sure if he could make the rules he'd devise a different set. But given the rules he's working by, he's making the only smart choice. Even his decision to skip Iowa was a good one

    January 10, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    If this is a nomination process to elect a candidate for the Republican Party for President (no such contest this time around for the Democrats), why does there appear to be 51 different sets of rules as to how candidates get on the primary ballot? If a person is a declared candidate for that Party's nomination, he or she should automatically be entered on every state's slate. If a person withdraws his name from consideration, then it gets removed. Simple.

    January 10, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    By the way his LOVE for China is startling to. He's much too interested in his "work" for me.

    January 10, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. DavidE7

    Huntsman will not be on the ballot because he is a threat. The United States has been taken over by large corporate interests who dictate to the people how things will work. The big banks and brokerage houses have contributed obscene amounts of money to both Obama and Romney so it doesn't really matter which gets elected. Huntsman is not owned by them so he must be made invisible. After it is too late for him to win, the media suddenly discover him to project an appearance of fairness. I am more angry than I have ever been in my lifetime about what has been done to this great country. I hope the people will eventually rise up and strike down those for whom money is God.

    January 10, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Myth Romney Million$$$ and his Super PACs Thug Could ONLY Buy him 8 extra Votes

    The GOP establishment elite already selected their candidate, and NOT the voters!....instead of making the American people decide at the ballot box, democracy in being trumped by all these stupid regulations/stipulations that were designed to disenfranchise the American voters!!!

    the voters are like sheep....just get in the bandwagon and toe the party line!

    January 10, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Apparently, he failed to meet their threshhold for hating darky.

    January 10, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He staff isn't paying attention. If he wants to compete in Arizona, then he needs to have a massive write in campaign if Arizona allows it. I know that Vriginia doesn't which hurts everyone but Romney and Paul.

    January 10, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Diana

    What?! Did he not provide his birth certificate?
    Shame, he's the ONLY republican who is worth considering.

    January 10, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Nellie Bly

    Interesting, not that he didn't have enough signatures but that there is a missing notarization. Frankly, I suspect Old Apple-faced Brewer took that page out just so Romney will get all the Mormon votes. Az has a lot of Mormons living there. Can't have Huntsman taking away from Mittens.

    January 10, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. cf

    Too bad. Huntsman is the only Republican candidate with an ounce of common sense. This won't hurt him in any way though; he doesn't pander to the racists, xenophobes and gun nuts enough to get many votes in Arizona.

    January 10, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Dixie Independent voter

    I am an independent voter living in AZ. I slipped into the state when the Republicans weren't looking. I plan to vote a strait Dem ticket this election year . . . something I've never done in my lifetime. The GOP is not the Grand Old Party anymore.

    January 10, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. m

    If one can not run a campaign how would one expect that person to be able to run a country?

    January 10, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Well buh bye John. Actually glad as you were the only Republican I could possibly have seen myself voting for. Obama is going to be re-elected.

    January 10, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Dixie Independent voter

    Huntsman is the only good Republican choice, and he is not being supported by the Republican party. Crazy people like Santorum get support. That's put me off even voting for a Republican dogcatcher.

    January 10, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. States

    To @Joe from CT, not Lieberman: That makes sense, but that goes against the fundamental belief system of the Republican party. Your solution is most practical and efficient, but GOP wants as many laws taken away from the national government and have 50 states decide to create their own separate rules.

    January 10, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |