The Facepalm!!!

The ruling of Judge John Gibney has barred Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, John Huntsman and Newt Gingrich from participating in the Virginia primary ballot. The two Republican candidates that were able to follow the rules were Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. This blunder by these four campaigns is a huge blow echoed by the national campaign chairman Jesse Benton, “Nothing new was learned here today, as the Virginia ruling merely confirms the suspicions of what many people feel about the viability of Perry, Gingerich, Huntsman and Santorum.”

I agree with Jesse’s assessment of the situation, two other candidates were able to play by the rules and get accepted. In addition the rules weren’t unconstitutional as the four candidates claimed in their suit against the state’s board of elections, 10,000 signatures and 400 signatures from each of the 11 congressional districts seems pretty fair. I don’t think the candidates understand this but running an election is expensive and difficult, so a state isn’t going to waste its resources on candidates that can’t drum up support. The candidates barred from participating in the primary not only take a hit on their prestige but lose out on a share of Virginia’s 49 delegates making it harder for these four candidates to catch up with Romney.  It also could become a road block if a candidate other than Romney or Paul begins to gain momentum in South Carolina or Florida they could lose steam because Virginia law doesn’t allow for write-ins in a primary election.

Now Ron Paul has a great opportunity here as he himself has stated it is a “two-man” race. If he can beat or go toe-to-toe with Romney it will show he can represent the majority of Republican voters and reduce his image as a Libertarian candidate. It will also be interesting to see who the evangelicals of Virginia will vote for with Perry and Santorum out of the primary. If they vote for Paul it could really help his image as the alternative to Romney.  Romney on the other hand just needs to keep campaigning and building his image as the front-runner.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/13/politics/virginia-gop-primary-ballot/index.html

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  • jmerhit  On January 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I agree. I think this is a huge blow to Perry, Gingerich, Huntsman and Santorum. They’re all already behind Romney delegates wise and this is only going to make their situation worse.

    The fact that Paul and Romney are the only candidates in the primary makes it seem more like a real election than a primary. I agree with your statement out this being a big chance for Ron Paul.

  • SNTRHIT  On January 17, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I think the judge was right to say that Perry, Gingrich, Huntsman, and Santorum couldnt run. They didn’t play by the rules, and they lost, so now they’re complaining about the rules. I’m excited to see how the Paul and Romney race fairs.

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