Va. AG Will Not Help GOP Candidates for Primary

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Republican presidential candidates who are struggling to get their names on Virginia's primary ballot will not get any inside help from the state attorney general.

Ken Cuccinelli had planned to file emergency legislation to change the state law that has kept most of the candidates off the ballot in the Old Dominion. He said in a statement Saturday that ballot access laws need to be changed not for any candidate, but for the voters.

On Sunday, however, Cuccinelli issued a statement saying that while he favors reducing hurdles to getting on the Virginia ballot, he "will not support efforts to apply such changes to the 2012 Presidential election."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, are the only candidates who got the required 10,000 signatures to participate in the primary scheduled for March 6.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry filed a lawsuit last week that called the requirement "a violation of his freedom of speech."

Over the past weekend, lawyers for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., joined Perry's request to have their names added to the ballot.

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