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Rick Perry Disqualified From Virginia Primary Ballot


Did not submit the required number of signatures.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name will not appear on Virginia's GOP presidential primary ballot, the Republican Party of Virginia said Friday.

Perry's campaign failed to gather the 10,000 signatures required to qualify for the ballot, state GOP officials said.

"After verification, RPV has determined that Rick Perry did not submit the required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary," the Virginia Republican Party announced on Twitter.

According to the Washington Post, Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul all submitted thousands of signatures for verification Thursday.

Officials certified both Romney and Paul for the ballot Friday. Gingrich's signatures were expected to be examined by late Friday night.

According to the Post, Romney's campaign told state election officials it had gathered 11,911 signatures, but a source said it turned in fewer than the required 10,000. State election rules dictate a candidate must turn in signatures from 10,000 registered voters that include 400 from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman did not turn in signatures and therefore failed to qualify.

Virginia will hold its presidential primary on Super Tuesday, March 6.

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