Huntsman, Bachmann and Santorum fail to make it on the Virginia ballot

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor
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According to sources, Jon Huntsman, who today won the endorsement of New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor, may not have collected enough signatures to make it on the Virginia ballot.

The filing deadline is today at 5 pm.

According to NBC News, the ballot access requirements are difficult: “Candidates must get 10,000 signatures from qualified voters, including 400 signatures from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts.”

Reached for comment, Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller declined to comment specifically about Virginia, but said: “We’re currently working on ballot access and will be in a position to compete for delegates across the country.”

Forty-six delegates are at stake for the March 6 Virginia (Super Tuesday) primary election.

Update: The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports,

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.

Matt K. Lewis