“Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has failed to gain certification to be on the March 3 Super Tuesday GOP ballot in Virginia. Gingrich, a resident of McLean, failed to submit 10,000 qualified signatures, the Virginia GOP reported early Saturday morning,” according to the Huntington, W.V., News. “Texas Governor Rick Perry will not be on the ballot either.
“Both Ron Paul and Mitt Romney qualified for the ballot by each submitting about 15,000 signatures.
“Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann , former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. John Huntsman did not submit any signatures to the State Board of Elections and were automatically disqualified.
“Comments from the public and media reported last minute scrambling by Perry and Gingrich. Kris Hamilton, Houston, Texas, suggested that the governor ‘should have known the rules [in Virginia].’ Others were harsh stating that Virginians were not ‘fools’ to sign Perry’s petition.
“Opponents on Perry’s site referred to him as ‘scary Perry’ and ‘a loser’ who had ridden the Bush wagon for awhile with other good ole boys”.
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