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Friday, December 23, 2011

This Is Probably Best

The four leading candidates for the Republican nomination will be on the Virginia primary ballot in March.  The also-rans?

Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum not on Va. primary ballot
By Andrew Cain, Richmond Times Dispatch

Four Republican presidential candidates – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul -- submitted paper work in time to qualify for Virginia's March 6 primary ballot.

No other GOP contender will be on the Virginia ballot. Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman did not submit signatures with Virginia's State Board of Elections by today's 5 p.m. deadline.

Those who submitted the required signatures must clear another hurdle. The Republican Party of Virginia has until Tuesday to certify which candidates qualify.

Romney was the first Republican presidential candidate to file his petitions. His Virginia campaign chairman, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, delivered them on Tuesday. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign filed earlier this month.

Candidates must submit the signatures of at least 10,000 registered voters, with 400 from each of the 11 Congressional districts.

Romney submitted 16,026 signatures; Paul 14,361; Perry 11,911 and Gingrich 11,050. [link]
This is as it should be.  Republicans have seen and heard enough from the various candidates to be able to decide for whom to vote.

Bachmann, Huntsman and Santorum just haven't moved the needle. And they're out.

So. Time to choose.