Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Will Gingrich be on the ballot in Virginia?

In the "swing state" of Virginia, all presidential candidates who want to be on the ballot at the primary on March 6, 2012, must receive 10,000 number of signatures from registered voters in Virginia, and submit them to the Virginia Secretary of State by Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 5 pm. The signatures must include at least 400 signatures from registered voters from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts. (This blog started as a result of my experiences in volunteering for Mitt Romney at the polls to get the 10,000 signatures for him.)
We're less than 48 hours away from that deadline, and it looks like Newt Gingrich may not have the signatures to get on the ballot in Virginia! This close to the deadline, and they are still trying to get signatures in 7 districts!
 I received the following email from the campaign yesterday-

Dear Supporter,

You are invited to meet Newt Gingrich on Wednesday in Arlington for a Virginians with Newt 2012 rally! 

First, we need your help with petitions to get on the ballot in Virginia. Come out to our signature stations tomorrow (see below the rally invitation).

Rally for Newt Gingrich
Wednesday, December 21st7:00PM – 9:00PM

Key Bridge MarriottPotomac Ballroom1401 Lee HighwayArlington, VA 22209
SIGNING STATIONS FOR TOMORROW, Dec. 20thPlease come and forward this email to your friends in these Congressional districts!

CD Location Time
1 Wal Mart in Garrisonville/Stafford County, 217 Garrisonville Road (Rout 610 at I -95), Stafford, VA 22554 6-9 pm
2 Farm Fresh - Strawbridge 2129 General Booth Blvd, VA Bch 23454 6-9 pm
2 Gary Byler's Law Office
505 S. Independence Blvd
Suite 201
VA Beach 23452-1150
6-9 pm
2 Farm Fresh-- Great Neck  2110 Great Neck Square, VA Bch 23454 6-9 pm
6 Waynesboro Walmart 116 Lucy Lane, 22980 6-9 pm
7 Park and Ride Parham and I64 23229 5-8 pm
7 Law Offices 1324 Sycamore Square 202C Midlothian, VA 23113 6-9 pm
8 1215 Duke Street, Alexandria 22314 6-9 pm
10 Herndon Monroe Park & Ride 12530 Sunrise Valley Drive, Herndon, VA 20191 5-8 pm
11 Giant Food Store-- 8074 Rolling Road, Springfield, Saratoga Shopping Center 22151 6-9 pm
Multi 5 - 6 1411 Hight Street, Farmville, VA 23901 1pm -7pm

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Rachel Robinson
Newt 2012

There aren't many polls happening across Virginia yet, but what few there have been showed Mitt Romney with a significant lead over Gingrich, until very recently. Is it possible that Gingrich doesn't have enough support or organization in Virginia to make the ballot?

A recent poll conducted last week by the PPP, shows Obama has the lead in the Commonwealth with 48% of voters approving of him to 47% who disapprove. (He won Virginia by 6 points against John McCain.) Obama leads both Mitt Romney (48-42) and Newt Gingrich (50-43) by margins comparable to his 6 point victory over John McCain in 2008. And between the two match ups Obama is picking up as many Republicans as he's losing Democrats, something we don't see often.

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