Newt Gingrich attacks Virginia for keeping him off ballot

December 25, 2011

By Libby Quaid-Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s campaign attacked Virginia’s GOP primary election system on Saturday for keeping him off the state’s March 6 Super Tuesday ballot, a significant setback for a candidate who has surged in popularity but has struggled to organize his campaign.

The state party said that Gingrich had failed to submit the required 10,000 signatures to appear on the ballot. Texas Gov. Rick Perry also failed to qualify, the Virginia GOP said.

The Gingrich campaign responded that “only a failed system” would disqualify Gingrich and other candidates. It said Gingrich would pursue an aggressive write-in campaign in Virginia.

“Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates,” Gingrich campaign director Michael Krull said in a statement.

“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,” Krull said.

The setback comes days before the Jan. 3 caucuses in Iowa, the leadoff contest in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • gregory walker says:

    If we fail to nominate this great American we’ll have missed the only chance to escape the totalitarian government that Obama and Soros has planned for us. He’ll probably not run again.

  • Steven Kramer says:

    I received a phone call on the evening of December 21 from the Gingrich campaign about registration peittions. The call stated the peitition drives would be held on the 19th and 20th. After a major screw up like that, he should only complain about his organization.

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