At least Newt’s on the ballot in one of his home states: Gingrich off VA primary ballot

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.

At least Newt managed to make the ballot in Georgia.


  1. Doug Deal says:

    As he was a mainstream candidate from the two major parties, it is amusing to see someone who likely supports tough ballot restrictions for independent and third party candidates get burned by that system.

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    At least the Virginia story pre-empts Newt’s allegation that “no federal official at any level is currently allowed to say ‘Merry Christmas’ ” for a while. The pre-empted story is especially amusing because it originated with a theocratic conservative’s interpretation of House franking regulations dated June 1998, when Newt was Speaker of the House.

    A few more months for Gingrinch in the spotlight without earning the GOP nomination and his political career will be over, allowing him to return to a Tiffany’s lifestyle funded by supporter’s donations.

  3. SallyForth says:

    I have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day with my family and church family. Now changed to comfy pants, feeling warm and peaceful, and watching football (Chicago loss will lock up play-off spot for our Falcons). I decide to check on my friends at PP, and you guys disturb my wa.

    How do you have more than one home state at a time? Newt is NOT a Georgian. He has not voted in Georgia for at least 13 years. He was not born here and only lived here temporarily a few decades ago, before going to Washington never to return. After his first divorce he did rent an apartment in the district, so he could legally hold onto that congressional seat. But he never actually lived here again. After he was censured by Congress and shown the door in disgrace in 1998, he no longer had to keep up even that pretense. He has not voted in Georgia since.

    He has lived and voted in Virginia for the last 13 years, although the fact he didn’t even get on their primary ballot shows very little knowledge of election law there. He was born in Pennsylvania, if one considers a birth state as “home.” He grew up mostly in Europe due to his stepdad’s military service, had family posts in various states and attended Tulane in Louisiana. After graduating, he came to Georgia and taught at West Georgia, using all his spare time to run gutter nasty campaigns against Congressman John Flint. After six years of that, he bumped him out, moved to Washington and never looked back.

    Puh-leeze stop referring to him as a “Georgian” in any way, shape or fashion, you guys. It’s really an embarrassment to our fair state.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Doubt Newt or any of the others can top Obama’s implied philosophy:


    While the focus is on the source of Newt’s paychecks, what about Obama’s latest in a long line of questionable bedfellows – Obama makes any other candidates connections look saintly:

    Jon “I don’t know where the $1.2 Billion of MF Global money is” Corzine

  5. Engineer says:

    No Newt and no Rick Perry could be quite an interesting change of fortune in that election. I wonder who the “anybody but Romney” crowd will vote for (especially if the speculation regarding Bachman, Huntsman, and Santorum backing out if they don’t place top 3 in Iowa or New Hampshire holds true)

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