Jasmine Coleman

December 25, 2011

The former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas governor, Rick Perry, have both failed to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, Republican party officials have said.

Neither politician, who were both frontrunners for the US presidential candidacy for the GOP, submitted enough signatures from registered voters to stand for the state’s Republican primary on 6 March.

The Republican party of Virginia (RPV) announced the news early on Saturday on its Twitter account.

“After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit required 10K signatures and has not qualified for the Va primary,” it said. Perry’s rejection was revealed late on Friday.

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