WATERLOO, Iowa –- A federal court in Virginia will hear Rick Perry’s challenge to get his name on the state’s primary ballot on Jan. 13, the Texas governor's campaign confirmed Thursday.
After Virginia officials ruled that the Texas governor did not submit the required 10,000 signatures to appear on the ballot, Perry’s campaign filed a lawsuit arguing that the state had some of the “most onerous” and “particularly problematic” requirements for a multi-candidate election. Furthermore, the campaign contends its Virginia supporters are being disenfranchised if he is not included.
“We are pleased with that quick schedule,” said Perry communications director Ray Sullivan.The hearing is set for just three days after the New Hampshire primary, and a negative outcome could be a major setback if Perry’s campaign is struggling.
The governor told WHO radio on Wednesday that his campaign had a “proper grievance” and told Fox News later that day that there was a “structural problem” with the ballot process because so few candidates were able to meet the requirements. Only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul have been certified.