Lawyers for Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman sent a letter to the Virginia State Board of Elections on Saturday saying they will be filing a joint motion asking the panel to either add them to the state ballot or to take no action until a judge has had a chance to consider Perry’s case Jan. 13.
Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) is open to reviewing the ballot requirements but said the rules are well known. “It is unfortunate that this year, for whatever reasons, some Republican candidates did not even attempt to make the Virginia ballot, while others fell short of submitting the required number of valid signatures,” McDonnell’s spokesman Tucker Martin said in a statement.
Perry and Gingrich submitted thousands of petitions to the state but did not have enough valid voter signatures to qualify.
If the lawsuit does not prevail, Cuccinelli’s emergency legislative proposal might be their only hope. His effort is also supported by some Democrats in the state, including former attorney generals Tony Troy and Steve Rosenthal.