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Newt Fails to Make Virginia Ballot [Updated]

GREENVILLE, SC - DECEMBER 8:  U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich leads a forum with South Carolina business leaders at The Global Trading Consortium on December 8, 2011 in Greenville, South Carolina. Gingrich has recently made a sudden surge in the polls.  (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

Newt Gingrich will not be running in the Virginia GOP Primary, as he failed to come up with the 10k signatures required to get a candidate's name on the ballot. (Rick Perry also did not qualify, but no one seems to care as much.) Relevant factoid: The Gingriches have lived in McLean, Virginia for several years.

Ron Paul and Mitt Romney met the required amount of signatures, and will be on the ballot.

Update: The Newt isn't taking this sitting down. The Gingrich campaign says Virginia has a "failed system," and that Newt will launch an aggressive write-in campaign.

Update #2: Sorry, Newt — apparently, writing in a candidate in a primary election is prohibited in Virginia.

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Photo: John W. Adkisson/2011 Getty Images