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12/23/2011 11:33 am ET

Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann And Jon Huntsman All Fail To Get On Virginia Primary Ballot

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) did not submit signatures with the Virginia Board of Elections by Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline and therefore will not be on the state's primary ballot.

Virginia has strict requirements to get on the ballot--candidates must submit signatures from at least 10,000 registered voters, with 400 from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) all submitted petitions Thursday, but the Republican Party of Virginia has until Tuesday to certify them.

Newt Gingrich spent Thursday in Virginia away from key early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire, scrambling to get the 10,000 signatures he needed. He submitted 11,050 signatures by the deadline.

Virginia's primary is on Super Tuesday, March 6, along with nine other states. Virginia has an open primary, meaning that any qualified voter can vote in the GOP primary. Virginia's 49 delegates will be allocated proportionally, as opposed to a winner-take-all system.

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