Breaking: judge rules Perry, et al to remain off of the VA GOP ballot.
That’s all the information that we have now; no doubt the full details will be available later. Judging from current time constraints involving absentee ballots, I don’t particularly expect much likelihood of a successful appeal. Ach, well: as I noted Tuesday, this remained a possibility.
(This is a placeholder post: as soon as I have the full details and a chance to read the ruling, I’ll be updating.)
[UPDATE]: OK, I’ve just read the ruling. Short version: the court is denying the plaintiffs their injunction because they waited too long to file it (and the judge used here rather forceful language about that delay that will no doubt gladden the hearts of Romney/Paul supporters across the land); while at the same time noting that the in-state requirement for petition circulators is almost certainly going to be ruled unconstitutional by the courts, given recent case law. Bad news for Gingrich, Huntsman, Perry, Santorum; good news for ballot access people in general.
I think that this one’s a dead issue now, folks. Except that the next election in VA will probably allow out-of-state petition circulators.
Moe Lane (crosspost)