Forms submitted without Jon Huntsman’s notarized signature could mean that the former Utah governor will not be able to get on the ballot in neighboring Arizona, spelling more trouble for an already long-shot candidacy. A spokesman for the Arizona secretary of state told The Associated Press that while Huntsman filed his paperwork on time, it was rejected because it was missing a notarized signature from the candidate. Huntsman does not currently appear on the state’s list of Republican candidates for the coming primary. The Huntsman campaign says it plans to appeal the decision and believes it will be able to get back onto the ballot.
The fumble was similar to one made by Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry in Virginia late last month. The commonwealth requires campaigns to clear a series of difficult logistical hurdles — including gathering at least 400 signatures from each congressional district. For Gingrich, who was leading in polls in Virginia and whose campaign headquarters is situated there, the mistakes proved particularly embarassing. The Perry campaign has launched a legal challenge to Virginia’s ballot laws, arguing they are excessively burdensome.