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Fiasco: Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum fail to make Virginia ballot
HotAir ^ | 12/22/2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 12/22/2011 6:14:28 PM PST by TBBT

That’s not even the worst part. The worst part is that Perry and Gingrich, either one of whom could still become the Great Grassroots Hope against Romney, might not have qualified either. You need 10,000 signatures to make the ballot but 15,000 are recommended since a bunch are bound to be thrown out as false or duplicative as the petitions are scrutinized. You also need at least 600 signatures from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. Romney submitted 16,026 and Ron Paul submitted 14,361. Perry’s total: 11,911. Gingrich’s: 11,050. If they end up getting bounced, the Republican primary ballot for one of America’s key swing states will consist exclusively of … Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

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Larry Sabato expects the state GOP will turn a “blind eye” to any signature problems on Perry’s or Gingrich’s petitions. I’ll bet. Question for political junkies, then: How could Bachmann, Huntsman, and Santorum have failed this epically? Is it a simple matter of lacking the resources to put people in the field collecting signatures or is it a sign of deep organizational dysfunction that should rightly disqualify them from the race?

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: ballots; fiasco; va2012; virginia; virginiaprimary
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To: ntnychik

Exactly!! I don’t see how anyone with common sense could think any other way nit, but it’s astounding to see how many do. Obama’s counting on them.


51 posted on 12/22/2011 7:44:49 PM PST by potlatch (*snip*~ Having the right to be angry does not give one the right to be cruel. ~*snip*)
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To: EDINVA

quote from Politico:

Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum all failed to meet the requirements for the Virginia ballot, according to the state’s Board of Elections.

Of the 2012 GOP hopefuls, just Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Perry submitted the required number of signatures today.


52 posted on 12/22/2011 7:48:15 PM PST by baysider
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To: TBBT

Virginia primary is March 6.....by then, usually, these things are decided....but it’s a weird year.


53 posted on 12/22/2011 7:51:24 PM PST by cookcounty (2012 choice: It's the Tea Party or the Slumber Party.)
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To: COgamer

Yes - NEVER vote for Paul, joke or not. Those folks who don’t want Romney should do a write-in - a primary’s the time for that.

For God’s sake - no Ron Paul EVER. He’s clueless on Islam, delusional about Iran and would endanger us (and Israel) as much ad BHO.


54 posted on 12/22/2011 7:53:02 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

I will never vote for Ron Paul.


55 posted on 12/22/2011 7:56:46 PM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: no dems

I hope you’re right, but is the word on all that really getting out to enough folks? The MSM seems to delight in promoting Paul and his fanatics don’t care anyway. Heck, they agree with everything he’s ever uttered anyway. He SHOULD be exposed on all this. As hard as he’s been on Newt, Newt should go after him on every one of these things. Ron Paul is a snake in the grass.


56 posted on 12/22/2011 8:38:27 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Jonty30

Wait...am I not seeing something? Didn’t it say that Perry got over 11,000? So isn’t that over the required 10,000?


57 posted on 12/22/2011 8:42:35 PM PST by native texan (Hard work, faith, thrift and one more word..."honesty")
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To: native texan

They have to verify the names to make sure they are valid names and that they aren’t tv characters, comic strip names, dead people, etc.

It wouldn’t be hard for a campaign worker to falsify information to screw over a candidate.


58 posted on 12/22/2011 8:46:33 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: ntnychik

You’re so right - a re-elected BHO would be death for our republic.


59 posted on 12/22/2011 9:00:50 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: llandres

“ad” is “as”


60 posted on 12/22/2011 9:59:41 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Hildy
I won't vote for Romney, either, Hildy, not even on a hot winter day in North Dakota. It might come down to writing someone in.

Sad to watch the Alinsky principles in heavy use this year, by Republicans.

Interesting that few of prominence stood up for Herman Cain.

I think the fix is in and they are just cleaning up a few loose ends at this point.

If Romney is the candidate, I will break with the GOP (not that they'll care about that...), if enough of us do, we may have a chance to fix things someday after the smoke clears...

61 posted on 12/22/2011 10:09:26 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: TBBT
Fake signatures may mean Obama didn't actually qualify in Indiana

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62 posted on 12/22/2011 10:15:42 PM PST by AwesomePossum (I have never looked this forward to a November II........)
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To: TBBT

How in the heck can Santorum fail to make the ballot in his home state?


63 posted on 12/22/2011 10:19:40 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: TBBT

Evidence of limiting the good old boys club to the monied class. Get a clue, this is merely the GOP way of limiting the membership in the club.

We will be served up two cr@p sandwiches, you get to pick cow, or horse, this is supposed to make you feel like you participated. So how do you feel?


64 posted on 12/22/2011 11:33:38 PM PST by itsahoot (Throw them all out! Especially the Frugal Socialists who call themselves Republicans.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
So, fellow FReepers, in a contest between Willard and Ron Paul, who would you vote for?

In a non-winner-take-all primary, I'd probably write in whichever other candidate I thought would do best in the general. Otherwise, I'd have to go for the cracked doctor.

65 posted on 12/22/2011 11:45:06 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: COgamer; Smokin' Joe; All
16 posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:37:35 PM by COgamer: “I can see a fantastic backfire in the making, if Paul wins both Iowa and Virginia. Wouldn’t be able to chalk it up to a one-state fluke. Then in a few months everyone can express confusion over how he got the nomination when no one wanted him.”

Remember the French elections a few years ago when Le Pen and the National Front actually took second-place and made it into the runoff election? Le Pen might not be radical by American standards, but by French standards he's viewed about like rational Republicans view Ron Paul, and to see Ron Paul as the only person besides Romney on the ballot would be a deep embarrassment to everybody else who **DIDN'T** qualify.

I defended Gingrich when he didn't get on the Missouri primary ballot, which is an old-fashioned “beauty contest” that carries no delegates and is unrelated to the Missouri Republican caucuses which select the actual GOP delegates.

However, Virginia is not a minor state, and their ballot is a real race. On top of that, it's next door to the media machine of Washington, D.C., which will give this fiasco lots of play. The spectacle of a primary ballot with Mitt Romney and Ron Paul as the only candidates is enough to make Republicans look like unprepared idiots.

I've said it over and over again. How did we, as conservatives with a stellar opportunity to defeat Barack Obama, get ourselves into this mess? We have screwed up, big time, and now we're stuck with a list of candidates that simply do not represent our best and brightest — and it now appears that many of our candidates aren't even bright enough to get on the ballot.

This should not have happened. Only Barack Obama can be happy about this news.

24 posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:48:24 PM by Smokin’ Joe: “Interesting. So, fellow FReepers, in a contest between Willard and Ron Paul, who would you vote for?”

Until today, I said I could not imagine anything that would cause me to vote for a third party.

Having to choose between Romney and Paul would do it, because it would show the party has abandoned core principles without even a viable conservative minority. The primary purpose of government is to protect its people. Romney, in the recent past, was a backer of baby-killlers. Paul wants to gut our national defense. Both are unacceptable.

I never imagined that we'd be in this position. As another Freeper put it, where do these people get their campaign staffs? As a high school student many years ago before the internet and cell phones, I was responsible for running a half-dozen precincts with a bunch of volunteers under me. I know what it takes to get petition signatures. I don't know Virginia, but I am fairly confident that even as a high school student, I could have done a better job of gathering signatures than these three Republican candidates apparently did.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS. PERIOD.

Now let's move on and figure out how to recover from this fiasco.

66 posted on 12/23/2011 1:10:26 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: Smokin' Joe

There won’t be anything to fix. If Romney gets the nod from my party not only will I vote for him and do everything in my power to get him into the White House. Let’s be real... He slight years better than Obama. Please do not forget about Supreme court justices.


67 posted on 12/23/2011 8:05:26 AM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: Smokin' Joe

There won’t be anything to fix. If Romney gets the nod from my party not only will I vote for him and do everything in my power to get him into the White House. Let’s be real... He slight years better than Obama. Please do not forget about Supreme court justices.


68 posted on 12/23/2011 8:05:26 AM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: TBBT

It seems odd that VA has higher standards than the other states...and so many didn’t make it.


69 posted on 12/23/2011 5:37:22 PM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: rbmillerjr
"Santorum and Bachmann will be the only one’s that don’t qualify."


http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/12/gingrich_and_perry_fail_to_qualify_for_va_primary.html
70 posted on 12/24/2011 9:02:24 AM PST by rob777
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