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Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman all failed to qualify for the Virginia primaries. The only two candidates Virginia’s Republican voters will be able to choose between will be Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Voters can’t write in a candidate.
The fact that so many of the candidates couldn’t qualify for this state’s presidential primary points out that maybe, the qualifications to get on the ballot isn’t just overly complicated, but downright stupid. It also points out how disorganized so many campaigns are. One of the things you hire people for to work on your campaign is to get your name on the ballot. How good is your organization if you can’t even do the most basic of tasks, like qualifying? Even Obama, that Kenyan-born Muslim, qualified for the Democrat’s primary.
It especially looks bad on Newt Gingrich, who’s been a resident of McClean, Virginia since 1999. How bad is it if you can’t get on the ballot in your home state? I think he has a hard time labeling himself as an outsider when after leaving Congress, he couldn’t leave the D.C. area. Also, how much does Newt love the home state he represented in Congress when he doesn’t return there after he leaves Congress?
I would be very interested to know if Newt will vote in the state’s primary when he’s not on the ballot…and which Republican, Paul or Romney, will he vote for?
Here’s the rough.