Both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have both missed the deadline to get on the Virginia ballot. How insanely stupid is that? That's massive levels of fail all rolled up into a ball.
For Gingrich, the stupid/fail is compounded by the fact that this is the state in which he currently resides.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has failed to qualify for Virginia’s March 6 Republican primary, a development that complicates his bid to win the GOP presidential nomination.That shows just how weak Newt's ground game truly is. He can't even manage to gain the necessary 10,000 signatures needed to get on the Virginia ballot. It's something we saw from Herman Cain as well. Despite how well they polled at various points, the ground game indicated just how incompetent and lacking the campaign operations were.
“After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary,” the Republican Party of Virginia announced early Saturday on its Twitter website.
Rick Perry's in no different position. Not only are his polling figures in the dumps, but he couldn't get the necessary number of signatures either. That's despite all the campaign fundraising and warchest he had put together.
All this inures to Mitt Romney's benefit. Despite all of Mitt's own problems and flip flopping on a wide range of issues, to say nothing of the fact that he's more moderate than the conservatives that rule the roost in the primaries, he's at least managed his campaign better in that he's secured positions on the ballots, rather than letter major states pass him by.
One should know one thing - no ground game = no nomination. Yet, far too many candidates have shown that they don't understand that essential fact.