In a continuing
embarrassment drama, Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign failed to submit enough verifiable signatures to earn a place on the Virginia presidential primary ballot next year. The Republican Party of Virginia made the announcement via Twitter at 2:39 AM.
After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary.
Virginia election rules require the collection of 10,000 verifiable voter signatures for a candidate to appear on the Presidential ballot, and 400 from each Congressional District in the state. Apparently, Gingrich’s petitions included more than 2000 signatures without addresses, which made their verification impossible.
This comes hours after the RPV disqualified Rick Perry from the ballot, also making the announcement by Twitter.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch
Paul’s campaign submitted 14,361 signatures to the State Board of Elections by Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline. Perry’s campaign submitted 11,911. The Gingrich campaign submitted 11,050 signatures, giving him a smaller margin of error than Perry.
Romney, who submitted 16,026 signatures, was the first Republican presidential candidate to file his petitions. His Virginia campaign chairman, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, delivered them Tuesday.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman did not submit signatures to the State Board of Elections by Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline, which meant they were automatically disqualified.
Anyone who has been involved with a petition drive that requires voter verification knows that the rule of thumb is to submit 50% more signatures than are needed.