An underdog presidential contender fails to qualify for the primary ballot in a large, early-voting primary state, prompting questions about the candidate's organizational prowess and ability to run a competitive campaign past January's early nominating contests. Sound familiar?
No, it's not Newt Gingrich in Virginia. It's Jon Huntsman in Arizona.
Huntsman failed to qualify for Arizona's February 28 presidential preference election after his filing paperwork -- which was turned in only two hours before Monday's 5 p.m. deadline -- was rejected due to a "notary issue," according to Secretary of State spokesman Matt Roberts. The Arizona Secretary of State's office sent a letter to Huntsman's campaign shortly thereafter informing them that they are "unable to certify" Huntsman as a candidate.
Huntsman's nomination forms were ruled "incomplete" because they were "missing the candidate's original notarized signature," Roberts said. "We are unable to certify him because of that."
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