Three GOP presidential candidates fail to submit petitions for Virginia primary
5pm Thursday was the deadline for candidates hoping to appear on the March 6th Virginia presidential primary ballot. Of the 7 major candidates still in the race, only 4 submitted petitions to gain access to the ballot.
According to Republican Party of Virginia officials, Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas Congressman Ron Paul all submitted the required 10,000 signatures by the deadline.
Among those 10,000 signatures at least 400 must come from each Virginia Congressional District.
That means former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman and former Utah Governor Jon Hunstman will not appear in Virginia’s primary. Virginia voters will go to the polls on Super Tuesday, March 6.
50 primary delegates are up for grabs in the Commonwealth.
The candidates who submitted petitions still must have their signatures screened before officially being declared on the ballot. That process will begin Friday morning.
Theoretically a candidate could still win the overall nomination without contesting for the delegates in a state like Virginia, but the failure to muster up the signatures does indicate something about the strength of their campaign.
“As difficult as VA qualifying is,” tweeted Larry Sabato, the director of UVA’s Center for Politics. “I can’t take seriously any POTUS campaign failing to get on 12th largest state ballot.”