In the latest sign that his campaign organization hasn’t kept pace with his recent rise in the polls, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich failed to qualify for the primary ballot in his home state of Virginia, the state Republican Party announced early Saturday.
After state GOP officials verified the signatures submitted by the campaigns, both Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to qualify. That left only two candidates, Mitt Romney and former Rep. Ron Paul, certified to appear on the state’s March 6 “Super Tuesday” ballot.
Gingrich’s campaign blamed the Virginia rules for his failure to qualify and said he would mount a write-in campaign instead.
“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,” Gingrich campaign manager Michael Krull said in a 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.”
Unfortunately, I understand, Virginia law doesn’t permit write-ins in primaries (which is the kind of crap you’d think a campaign director might know). I say “unfortunately” because, frankly, the more freaks there are to fight for every primary vote the better. I’m also a little sad that the frothy mix didn’t get on the ballot, especially now that K-lo and friends are talking him up for a late surge as the next not-Mitt.
Mind, you, the joy of seeing Gnoot fail again is a sweet, sweet consolation.