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Newt Gingrich fails to qualify for Virginia GOP Primary despite residency

The Republican Party of Virginia announced early Saturday that GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich failed to amass the 10,000 signatures needed in order to secure a place on the ballot in the party’s March 6th primary election. Gingrich isn’t the first Republican presidential candidate who failed to qualify for the “Super Tuesday” primary contest – on Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry also failed to make the cut for the same reason. Rival candidates Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) qualified for the primary. On the Democratic side, President Barack Obama qualified earlier this year.