Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry will not be on the ballot in Virginia on Super Tuesday.
They didn't get enough signatures.
I say again, THEY DIDN'T GET ENOUGH SIGNATURES.
Virginia law says candidates that want on the ballot need to submit a petition with 10,000 signatures. Gingrich and Perry didn't
Gingrich is upset. He's vowing to mount a write-in campaign.
Yeah....uh...Virginia law doesn't allow write-in's on primary ballots.
Gingrich is saying that "only a failed system" would disqualify candidates and forbid a write-in candidate. Uh-huh. Let me get back to you, I'm printing out his quotes regarding the Voter Registration Act and seeing what he felt about that at the time. Anyway, Michael Krull, Gingrich's campaign manager, said, "Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates. We will work with the Republican Party of Virginia to pursue an aggressive write-in campaign to make sure that all the voters of Virginia are able to vote for the candidate of their choice." Yeah, unless that candidate of choice is from the opposition party.
Gingrich is upset for a reason -- 46 reasons, to be exact. That's the number of delegates up for grabs (Virginia is a winner takes all state). Gingrich posts his best numbers in the south, and in a close race, he needs all the help he can get to reach that magic 1,144. Romney is strongest in the north, so without the cupcakes from Gingrich's home turf, he's looking at getting buried.
Perry hasn't said anything. There is debate if he's even aware of any of this. His advisers were up all night making puppets to explain it in terms he'd understand.