Lawsuit Seeks to Get Gingrich on VA Ballot

    COLUMBIA, SC - DECEMBER 23:  Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters on December 23, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina. Gingrich has been leading in the polls in South Carolina, although South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley recently endorsed rival former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

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    A lawyer and a Tea Party activist filed a lawsuit on Thursday to get Newt Gingrich on the Virginia ballot for the Super Tuesday primary; Gingrich will most likely have to win the state to get the Republican nomination. The lawsuit, which is not affiliated with the Gingrich campaign, contends that Gingrich filed the required 10,000 signatures, but that many of them were improperly excluded—and also takes issue with how the Republican Party of Virginia determined the signatures were invalid. Gingrich has claimed he submitted 11,100 signatures, but “fraud” by a campaign worker caused a large number of the signatures to be declared invalid. Despite the fraud allegation, a Gingrich spokesman said the campaign has decided not to pursue a lawsuit. Rick Perry, who was also denied a spot on the Virginia ballot, is challenging his exclusion in court.

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