But it turned out to be the case. In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Republican Party of Virginia announced via Twitter that Mr Gingrich had been unable to produce signatures within Thursday, highlight the organisational difficulties for his campaign and raises questions about his prospects in a protracted nomination fight.
Many of the signatures of the Gingrich campaign were apparently valid, why most of the campaigns trying to collect almost twice the amount needed. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and the representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota nor do the degree.
This error is bad news for Mr Gingrich on several levels. Virginia is his adopted home State. Not to collect signatures in its own backyard, created an image problem, at least.
“Is a disaster for him,” said Larry j. Sabato, political scientist at the University of Virginia. “This sends another signal to Republicans that Gingrich is not able to organize”.
Gingrich campaign said Saturday the plan of a write-in in Virginia campaign.
“The voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates,” Mr. Gingrich campaign director, Michael Krull, said in a statement. “We will work with the Republican Party of Virginia, making an aggressive write-in campaign to ensure that all Virginia voters are able to vote for the candidate of their choice.”
The failure to get on the ballot in Virginia also could shake the confidence of voters in early States nomination of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, all of which vote before Virginia. Do so his supporters in the States might be wondering, I throw my vote in someone that would not compete in other critical States?
In addition, Virginia is the State of the 12th largest country in population. Provides a rich treasure trove of delegates on 6 March and the delegates are now probably out of reach of Mr. Gingrich.
Mr. Gingrich has been a leader in the polls in Virginia, and his brand of conservatism is a natural fit for the State.
Seized rival campaigns in the setback as a worrying sign of disarray in the campaign of Gingrich. Eric Fehrnstrom, Advisor to top of Mitt Romney, called “cringe-worthy.
“Is a gut check time for Republicans,” said Mr. Fehrnstrom. “Winning campaigns have to be able to execute the fundamentals.” This is like seeing a batsman in the world series do not establish a bunt. ”
The failure to qualify for the vote comes at a bad time for Mr. Gingrich as he faces Ferres in Iowa, where the assemblies begin voting on January 3, and it’s that he follows behind in the polls in New Hampshire. Its strength appears to be in South Carolina, but in Virginia, there will be no candidate from the South on the ballot.
Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, whose organizations have been working in the vineyards in collection of signatures for months, they were able to get on the ballot in Virginia.
Mr. Sabato predicted that other candidates would trumpet the news of the failure of Gingrich next week when to resume his campaign in Iowa.
“It is non-partisan,” he said. “It is not an attack;” “it is a fact.”
Even so, it is difficult to predict the practical effect of his absence from the vote on Virginia. The State is 1 of 10, which votes on March 6, Super Tuesday. Eleven States will have voted at the time, including large such as Colorado, Florida and Michigan (and without having to Missouri, where delegates are at stake).
If the above States does not have winnowed the field of candidates, Super Tuesday becomes more important. Because Republicans are picking up delegates proportionally rather than winner this year brings everything, candidates are at the top level – Mr. Romney, Mr. Paul and Mr. Gingrich – may compete for each delegate is expected that a prolonged fight main.
Mr. Gingrich has a security card on Super Tuesday. Georgia, who represented in the Congress, the votes that day, and if all goes well for him, he must win the majority of its delegates.
But if there isn’t any practical effect, Mr. Gingrich immediately began to suffer a psychological effect as the Twitterverse and experts questioned his ability to organize, as well as its credibility, he had declared with authority before that it would vote.
Michael Barbaro contributed reporting.