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article imageRon Paul, Mitt Romney, to go head-to-head in Virginia primary

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 18, 2012 in Politics
Ron Paul and Mitt Romney will be going head-to-head in the Virginia primary, as the appeal court has rejected appeals by unqualified candidates to be placed on the ballot.
Appeals made by Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry to overturn Friday's decision by a Richmond federal judge to appear on the Virginia ballot, were rejected on Tuesday by the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Thus the position taken earlier by Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, stands. Mullins said “Under the court's ruling, only Governor Romney and Congressman Paul will appear on the Republican primary ballot,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
With only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul on the ballot paper they will go head-to-head to contest the Virginia primary on March 6. Ron Paul 2012.com reported National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton said “It’s over. Ron Paul, the candidate of real change, will face off against establishment flip-flopper Mitt Romney in the Virginia primary, making that Tuesday less ‘super’ for serial hypocrite Newt Gingrich, counterfeit conservative Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry, who I should mention is marginally attached to the presidential race.”
This leaves voters in Virginia with only two candidates to choose from, effectively disenfranchising Virginia voters who still favor one of the other candidates. It will however make it difficult for the media to continue to sideline Ron Paul.
The appeal court decision reinforces the position cited by the Washington Monthly in December when it said if all the candidates had qualified to be on the ballot "Virginia would have been home to a spirited contest — with candidates making many appearances, buying plenty of ads, and making lots of state-focused promises. Instead, Virginia has made itself irrelevant in the Republican nominating contest."
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