Skip to comments.BREAKING: Perry disqualified from Va. primary ballot
Posted on 12/23/2011 3:44:52 PM PST by TBBT
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, state GOP officials said Friday evening.
Perrys campaign told state election officials it had submitted 11,911 signatures, but a Virginia Republican familiar with the situation said that the Texas governor did not submit the required 10,000.
Earlier Friday, the Republican Party of Virginia certified former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) to appear in the March ballot.
Four candidates Romney, Perry, Paul and former House speaker Newt Gingrich turned in thousands of signatures by the deadline. State party officials are spending the day certifying the signataries.
They have not examined Gingrichs signatures yet, but expected to do so by late Friday night.
Candidates had until 5 p.m. to collect 10,000 signatures from across the state, including 400 from each congressional district.
Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum did not submit signatures, according to state GOP officials
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Can't speak for Virginia but the general rule of thumb is to have 30% above the required number of signatures here in the People's Socialist RepuliK of Illannoyed in order to survive any ballot challenges.
My own opinion is going in with anything less than that is a fools errand as it's so easy to find bad signatures or duplicate signatures (same signature on different candidate ballots) which are easy enough ti disqualify. In a race like this, it's a whole other game when candidates begin challenging each other's petitions too. In heavily contested races, having 50% more than required is considered safe.
Once again, Perry appears to be taking a hit because of his own staff's incompetence.
Newt actually submitted less signatures than Perry according to the original report. Guess he checked them more carefully.
Sorry, Perry-ites, but there’s no conspiracy here. It’s obviously difficult to get on these ballots, otherwise any old joker could. This is a proper part of the weeding out process. These candidates have had plenty of time and opportunity to drum up support and they couldn’t do it in time. Not saying they can’t make a comeback, but we can’t have just anyone running for president and getting on the ballot or it would be chaos. You need to have some real support behind you to make yourself a credible candidate.
Romney submitted 16,026 signatures; Paul 14,361; Perry 11,911 and Gingrich 11,050.
well, Sabato’s tweet also said that Newt is likely to be tossed out later tonight so I wouldn’t go counting any chickens just yet
Newts signatures haven’t been validated yet.
It is more likely a matter of doing “streetcorner signatures” instead of buying a copy of the voter registration list from the state.
Are they land owners? /s
If they can't meet the minimal qualifications for a state primary, they shouldn't be charged with running a country.
Oh the irony!
It’s reported that it will be announced later tonight if Newt met the requirement.
Newt had less signatures than Perry did.
So he may be off the ballot too.
That would leave Romney and Ron Paul on VA Ballot.
I wasn't suggesting there was a conspiracy, rather outright incompetence on the part of the campaign.
Don’t think they have checked Newt’s signatures yet. Same thing could happen to him.
Are any of us truly landowners? /s
But didn’t the Great Larry Sabato promise us the RPV would turn a blind eye to any deficits in the petition signatures?
11K that Perry and Gingrich submitted was cutting it awfully close.
No it's another
But VA has strict rules they follow and it takes effort to make sure you have qualified voters to sign the petition. Submitting a bunch of names without verifications is a crap shoot at best.
Closer to 12K for Perry.
I have not been a Perry fan, but this is BS. I am sure he had enough.
Obozo and Hildebeast are proven cheaters in Indiana from 2008, but who is running things and why are they still running things when they cheated to qualify?
While your comment is funny - if not very fair - you do raise and interesting point.
I’m sure Perry is a fine man. He’s certainly not done a bad job as Texas governor.
But what is it about my adopted home state that causes such horrifically inarticulate people to ascend to governor. Bush wasn’t this bad, admitttedly, but still.
I promise you we have well-spoken, intelligent conservatives here in abundance. My own congresscritter, Louis Goehmert, for example, is wonderful. For some reason, though, we’ve had 20 years worth of governors who are, shall we say, severely oratorically challenged.
You’re an idiot. Ignore: ON
So VA going to hand the VA primary to Romney?
Helps Newt, IMO.
I heard Faux news announce this. Says it’s by the VA GOP.
My guess, Gingrich won’t quaify either come Monday.
Funny that they know for certain that 1,912 signatures were not legit, but they have no count for how many were..
Was it 9,999?
Were the heck is Herman Cain!
I want to know who knew what and who knew it when!
Everyone claims about the Virginia rules and that’s why folks don’t bother.
Romney has already bought the support he needs. Why is everybody still pretending the Republican primary is any sort of legitimate contest?
Maybe Perry will get “Amnesty” from the VA GOP?
So VA going to hand the VA primary to Romney?
Depending upon how Gingrich comes out with valid signatures it will be either a two or three person primary contesting the 50 Virginia delegates.
Romney and Paul have qualified with Gingrich’s petitions being certified.
50 Virginia delegates up for grabs amongst the
This election is such a goat rope!
What a clusterfark.
So far, only Romney and the Romulan are qualified to be on the ballot in the VA primary. Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman didn’t even try. Gingrich’s signatures are still being validated, and he may or may not qualify. Perry has been disqualified, unless this report turns out to be discredited.
LOL... goat rope works, but I think more in terms of a monkey and a football. ;>)
“That would leave Romney and Ron Paul on VA Ballot.”
There were a lot of Ron Paul people on the street corners in Ridgeland (Greater Jackson) Mississippi today. I don’t know for what particular reason, but they were out in force promoting their candidate. Very dedicated, all male, mixed races from early 20s to mid 50s in age. They appeared very motivated and confident.
Christmas traffic made for a lot of exposure too.
Well, it doesn’t matter how many signatures were submitted if fewer than 10K are registered VA voters. That is exactly why Romney and Paul submitted 15K or more.
Honestly, if this is true, it makes me sick. Perry’s ground troops let him down, big time. And he has support at the top levels of the RPV. I’ll wait, tho, until I hear from Pat Mullins, Chmn of the RPV, instead of WaPo and ABC echoing WaPo.
I hope these reports are wrong. If Perry is still in the race by March, VA has a very simple write-in, so all is not lost for his camp, tho this wouldn’t help either practically or as a perception of the campaign’s competence.
Kiss my grits!
Ats all very suspicious.
He tries again every election though...
How did they come to that conclusion so fast?
“Maybe Perry will get Amnesty from the VA GOP?”
Perry knew the rules and I doubt they will be willing to bend the rules and use Affirimative Action to help Perry.
All the states should have their primary on the same day. I don’t like other states, the media, or anyone else picking my candidate for me.
What’s also curious is that this VA news is dropped on friday night going into the holidays, on the week before Iowa.
Why drop this news now?
To detract from gains in Iowa? Where Perry is gaining ground?
Cult members generally are “very motivated and confident.”
And this “open” primary stuff is a sham.