"Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's campaign attacked Virginia's GOP primary election system on Saturday for keeping him off the state's March 6 Super Tuesday ballot. It was a significant setback for a candidate who has surged in popularity but struggled to organize his campaign. 

The state party said that Gingrich, who lives in Virginia, had failed to submit the required 10,000 signatures to appear on the ballot. Texas Gov. Rick Perry also failed to qualify, the state GOP said..."


From: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/24/newt-gingrich-fails-to-q...

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Comment by Tim Sheflin on December 28, 2011 at 2:58pm

I guess I'm voting for Paul in the primary.

Comment by Christina Mcabe on December 27, 2011 at 11:29pm

Here's another update/per. Fox News Channel (and other sources): Perry is suing to get back on the VA ballot.  Gingrich is saying he is working with the state of VA on the process.  Also, Gary Johnson announced tonite he is quiting the GOP-and is going to attempt a Libertarian Party run for 2012. (Today)

Comment by Josh on December 27, 2011 at 8:13pm
I guess Virginia wants a RINO on the GOP ticket like Romney....
Comment by Tim Sheflin on December 27, 2011 at 8:41am

Well, folks, let's keep in mind, for each one of us that doesn't vote is a vote for Romney. Make your own decisions.

Comment by janet barks on December 26, 2011 at 11:10pm

This is utterly ridiculous. I can't even believe this can be happening. My Gosh, why even go vote? This to me is a take over. It is absolutely unjust. If someone is a candidate for nomination why do they even have to qualify for each state? If they are candidates then why make this a game? Why not just list them all on the ballot? There is something very wrong with what is happening. Every voter has the right to vote for any candidate that is running!!! We are so rapidly becoming like every other country where cheating is how you win, where money buys your vote, where our system of elections is just a pretense and the establishment is really choosing who runs the country. I am in a state of unbelief---a twilight zone where the unbelievable is reality!

Comment by Janet Dobbs on December 26, 2011 at 9:16pm

I just found an article that says in VA, if you have 10,000 signatures they have to validate each one, but if you have 15,000 they will put you on the ballot without validating signatures.

Romney had the Lt. Governor of VA submit his petition which had 16,000, so his signatures didn't have to be validated. Probably Paul had over 15,000, too.

Which means if you submit 10,000 to 14,999 they have to validate the signatures, but not if you submit 15,000 or more, they do not. Strange isn't it?

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"To make matters worse, the Republican Party of Virginia appears to have rigged the system in favor of candidates who were able to gather a comfortable excess of names on petitions."

The article also says that this looks like a violation of the Bush v Gore Clause of Equal Protection Treatment between the candidates, because 10,000 signatures received more scrutiny than 15,000 signatures.


Comment by Christina Mcabe on December 26, 2011 at 8:07pm

PS  Here's another article from the NY Times/Blog Section. It was the most current I could find on the issue:


"6:03 p.m. | Updated Continuing to smart from its failure to get on the primary ballot in Virginia, Newt Gingrich‘s campaign said it would explore ways to persuade the Republican Party of Virginia to bend its rules and allow Mr. Gingrich and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who also failed to qualify, to join the only two names now on the ballot: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

“It does call into question whether or not there are some flaws in the system,” said R. C. Hammond, a spokesman for Mr. Gingrich. He said he hoped that either Mr. Gingrich would  appear on the March 6 primary ballot or that there would be a provision to write in his name.

But the primary rules are set by statute, and experts said Mr. Gingrich’s prospects were all but nil, requiring either an emergency act of the state legislature or a court ruling. To change the state’s election law on such short notice would require supermajorities in both houses once they reconvene Jan. 11. Ballots must be printed Jan. 21. Even though Republicans have a supermajority in the House, the Senate is evenly split 20-20 between the Democratic and Republican Parties.

The chances of a court ruling that would put Mr. Gingrich on the ballot or allow a write-in “seems like an incredibly long shot,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. “The courts are not likely to act on an emergency basis to entertain his suit. Maybe there’s a constitutional problem with Virginia laws, but I doubt a court would rule that way.’’

The Gingrich campaign, after first announcing that it had gathered enough signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, was embarrassed when the organizers of the vote said the campaign had missed the mark, and that there was no provision for a write-in.

The Gingrich campaign drew criticism over the Christmas weekend for comparing the failure to get on the ballot to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected setback, but we will regroup and refocus with increased determination, commitment and positive action,” the national campaign director, Michael Krull, wrote on the campaign’s Facebook page.

The failure pointed to hurdles in organizing that have beset the campaign since Mr. Gingrich suddenly surged to become a leading candidate, without the infrastructure that better-financed and -organized rivals have had in place..."


Comment by Christina Mcabe on December 26, 2011 at 7:54pm

Wow-I am still amazed at the response to my blog posts!  I wasn't expecting it-and can't always be on-line.  But, for anyone interested-here is an update. (VA doesn't allow Primary write-ins/see below.) So, are Gingrich and Perry off the 2012 election trail? Barring the courts, it will probably be Mitt Romney.  Or, maybe Sarah Palin could launch a write-in for the general election.  As a last possibility-could there be a surprise decision at the GOP convention? 


Here is a quote:


"Newt Gingrich's campaign, having failed to meet the ballot requirements for Virginia's Super Tuesday presidential primary, announced Saturday that it will ask his supporters to write in his name instead.

But Virginia law does not allow write-in ballots in primary elections.

Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor, said Virginia Code section 24.2-529 prohibits write-in ballots in primaries.

Gingrich's campaign has blamed Virginia's primary rules for his failure to qualify. But Tobias, in an emailed comment, said Gingrich "looks foolish and disorganized" for not qualifying and also for complaining about Republican party rules that "are meant to insure broad-based support, especially in rural districts..."


Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/24/news/la-pn-newt-gingrich-wr...

Comment by Tim Sheflin on December 26, 2011 at 2:12pm

Sorry, it was apparently old info.

Comment by Tim Sheflin on December 26, 2011 at 11:23am

I am told Gingrich has made the ballot in a last minute effort.

Gingrich Makes Virginia Ballot; Others Miss Out

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