Gingrich, Perry Fail to Meet Va. Ballot Requirement

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is trying to get on the ballot for the Virginia primary after it failed to secure signatures to make the state's Super Tuesday ballot.

Every candidate needs 10,000 signatures to appear on the March 6 ballot in the Commonwealth. Both Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to meet that requirement.

"There's no better illustration of the catch up that Newt is having to play organizationally than the fact that in the state he's lived in for many years, Virginia, he cannot get even on the ballot," Jonathan Martin, a senior political reporter at Politico.com, explained.

After it was announced that Gingrich didn't make the ballot, his campaign said it is pursuing an aggressive write-in campaign. However in Virginia, no write-ins are permitted in primary elections.

"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," he said.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman did not submit lists of signatures before Virginia's deadline.

Forty-six delegates will be at stake in Virginia's Super Tuesday primary.

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