Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have failed to qualify for Virginia's March 6 Republican primary, reports the Associated Press.
Gingrich and Perry fell short of the 10,000 signatures of registered voters required for a candidate's name to be on the ballot, according the Republican Party of Virginia.
Volunteers spent Friday validating petitions that Gingrich, Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul submitted to the State Board of Elections. Romney and Paul did qualify and will be on the ballot.
Virginia is one of the "Super Tuesday" primaries, and failure to compete would be a major setback for Gingrich and Perry. According to AP, Gingrich has tried to use his recent upsurge in popularity to make up for his late start. A Quinnipiac poll of Virginia Republicans released earlier this week suggested that Gingrich had a slight lead over Romney.
According to AP. it was unclear if Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum or former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman submitted petitions to the state board.