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Ron Paul Tops Virginia Ballot For GOP Nomination

Texas Republican Ron Paul will appear at the top of the GOP ballot in Virginia.
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Texas Republican Ron Paul will appear at the top of the GOP ballot in Virginia.

A drawing by the Virginia Board of Elections puts GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul first on the ballot for state's March 6 primary. Mitt Romney will appear second on the ballot. Paul and Romney are the only GOP presidential candidates who have qualified for Virginia's primary.

The board also voted to close the primary, which means anyone who wants to cast a primary vote must first sign a pledge of intent to support the Republican nominee in November, according to the Associated Press.

This comes after Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, issued a statement saying he followed the law when it comes to certifying presidential candidates. This, a day after Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's campaign filed a lawsuit challenging Virginia's ballot rules.

Perry and rival Newt Gingrich came short of the signatures required to get on Virginia's primary ballot.

Virginia requires a total of 10,000 signatures, with 400 from each of its 11 congressional districts.

Mullins says his responsibility as chairman is to certify candidates who meet the requirements, and he did so. He refused to comment further.

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