Even with paid signature gatherers- Newt couldn't get enough backers to get on Virginia's ballot- his home state since 1999...
Gingrich, Perry fail to qualify for GOP primary ballot in Virginia
By Steve Brusk, CNN
updated 4:20 PM EST, Sat December 24, 2011
Washington (CNN) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich failed to collect enough signatures to appear on the Virginia primary ballot, the Republican Party of Virginia announced Saturday morning, leaving the longtime Virginia resident without a place on the state's ballot and raising questions about his campaign's organization.
Gingrich, as well as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, did not meet the state's requirement of 10,000 signatures and, therefore, did not qualify for the ballot, the Virginia GOP said via Twitter.
The state GOP announced Perry's failure to qualify late Friday.
Gingrich's campaign responded with some strong words in a statement Saturday, saying the process to qualify for the ballot is "a failed system."
"Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates," campaign director Michael Krull said in the 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."
However, Virginia state law specifically prohibits voters from writing in candidates not on the ballot in primary elections.
The news from the Virginia Republicans is a significant setback for Gingrich, who clamored earlier this week to gather enough voter signatures in the state. Gingrich utilized paid staffers to comb Virginia, asking voters to sign petitions that would allow him a place on the ballot.