Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will stump in Northern Virginia today, and he's in a race against the clock to make it on the ballot.
Gingrich is hosting a rally in Rosslyn tonight that he hopes will ignite his Virginia campaign. He'll be holding a series of rallies throughout the state in the next two days, and the success of those events could determine if he makes it on Virginia's GOP ballot.
Gingrich still needs to submit the 10,000 signatures necessary to get on Virginia's ballot; the filing deadline is 5 p.m. tomorrow, and the former House Speaker hasn't submitted the signatures thus far, even though Virginia is his home state.
Virginia's board of elections requires that at least 400 signatures come from each of the state's congressional districts. Gingrich's closest opponent in the Republican primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, submitted his filing with more than 16,000 signatures Tuesday. President Obama's campaign submitted 14,735 signatures Dec. 2.
Gingrich is showing a slight lead over Romney among Virginia Republican voters in a a poll released today by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.