It’s Official: Only Mitt Romney And Ron Paul Will Be On Virginia Ballot

RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The lawsuit by four Republican presidential candidates challenging Virginia’s ballot access law is now dead.

A federal judge in Richmond granted Newt Gingrich’s request to drop him from the case Monday. Gingrich was the last remaining plaintiff after the judge previously granted requests to drop Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Ron Santorum and Jon Huntsman from the case.

Perry filed the lawsuit in December after failing to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for Virginia’s GOP primary. The other three candidates also failed to qualify and joined the lawsuit. They claimed that Virginia’s 10,000-signature requirement is burdensome, and that a provision allowing only Virginia residents to circulate petitions is unconstitutional.

A judge refused to order the candidates’ names added to the ballot, and a federal appeals court upheld that decision.

Last month, U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. said the court would have likely granted preliminary relief to the candidates had they filed their lawsuit in a timely manner.

Only former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) will appear on the ballot.

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  1. Jessie Anderson says:

    Gingrich was the last remaining plaintiff after the judge previously granted requests to drop Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Ron Santorum and Jon Huntsman from the case.

    Ron Santorum? Really now? It is RICK Santorum!

    RON PAUL 2012😀

    1. ryan says:

      Love you VA keep fighting the good fight. Maybe we can stop this ship from sinking even without the media.

      http://www.postapocalypticsurvival.com/2012/02/post-apocalyptic-prediction.html

  2. Greg Bays says:

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  3. Phil Stanley says:

    “If the Republican Party nominates a draft-avoiding, crony-capitalist, anti-gun, pro-choice, socialized-medicine candidate over a strict free-market Constitutionalist who served his country and carries our his political office with integrity, then the Republican party might as well change its symbol from an elephant to a wooly-mammoth now because that party will become extinct.”

  4. James says:

    Interested to see how this will play out. I hope the people vote for the true conservative choice

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