Former Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) noted on his campaign website:
According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Gingrich is beating Romney 30% to 25% in Virginia. No other candidate is in double figures. In a head-to-head matchup, Gingrich beats Romney by an even wider 47% to 39% margin.
Gingrich is also beating Romney among several key attributes, including being a stronger leader and having the right knowledge and experience to be president:
- 38% – 29% that he is a strong leader;
- 49% – 18% that he is better on foreign policy;
- 48% – 25% that he has the knowledge and experience to be president.
Well, perhaps the former Speaker of the House is beating former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) in the polls, but he won’t beat him on the primary ballot, because he didn’t qualify to get his name placed on the ballot:
Gingrich camp assails Virginia’s “failed system”
By David Morgan
RICHMOND, Va. – The campaign of Newt Gingrich assailed a “failed system” for his failure to make it onto the ballot for the Virginia Republican primary.
The state GOP announced early Saturday morning that Gingrich’s campaign had failed to submit the required number of signatures to qualify for the March 6 primary. On Friday it was announced that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had also failed to qualify.
The state’s election board requires candidates petitioning for inclusion in the primary to file 10,000 signatures from registered voters, including 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts.
If Mr Gingrich — along with most of the other Republican candidates1 — failed to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, it’s their own fault. The campaigns know what the system is in Virginia, and if they couldn’t get that many signatures, it’s because they didn’t work hard enough.
Mr Gingrich’s Campaign Director, Michael Krull, said:
Only a failed system excludes four out of the six major candidates seeking access to the ballot. Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates. 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.
Perhaps this means that your editor should retract his previous statement that “The campaigns know what the system is in Virginia,” because, as the CBS article pointed out, write-in votes are not allowed in primary elections in Virginia.2 Obviously, the Gingrich campaign, or at least its campaign director, does not know what the system is in the Old Dominion.3 And that’s too bad, because it is their job to know. And blaming “a failed system” for their failures leaves your editor wholly unimpressed.
- Only Governor Romney and Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) qualified for the ballot. ↩
- §24.2-529: The primary ballots for the several parties taking part in a primary shall be composed, arranged, printed, delivered, and provided in the same manner as the general election ballots except that at the top of each official primary ballot shall be printed in plain black type the name of the political party and the words “Primary Election.” The names of the candidates for various offices shall appear on the ballot in an order determined by the priority of the time of filing for the office. In the event two or more candidates file simultaneously, the order of filing shall then be determined by lot by the electoral board or the State Board as in the case of a tie vote for the office. No write-in shall be permitted on ballots in primary elections. (Code 1950, § 24-376; 1970, c. 462, § 24.1-188; 1971, Ex. Sess., c. 119; 1993, c. 641.) ↩
- Smitty pointed out, on The Other McCain, that Mr Gingrich is now a Virginia resident, so he won’t be on the ballot where he lives. ↩