Note: This commentary does not account for planned action by the Attorney General of Virginia that may allow Rick Perry and other candidates to compete in the state’s primary.
When I say that the Virginia Republican primary feels purple, I mean that the lack of candidates with enough signatures to get on the ballot in the state has rendered the state fangless in choosing the Republican presidential nominee.
With Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich failing to submit enough required signatures to get on the ballot and Bachmann, Santorum, and Huntsman not submitting signatures, Virginia is a two horse race between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
The case of the Virginia primary is a failure of campaign organizations.
Nationwide electoral campaigns are a complicated business, but the failure to organize results in embarrassing failures like the Gingrich campaign in Virginia.
What are you saying to the general electorate, if you can’t even get on the ballot in a state?
As a candidate, you could be sending the undesirable message that the voters in state x do not matter to you. In a potentially close election, every state and voter should and will matter.
That one of the most important states in the countries political history should be reduced to a watered down selection of candidates is a political tragedy.