Report: Gingrich’s name might not make it onto the Ohio primary ballot

posted at 3:05 pm on December 7, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Earlier this week, Newt Gingrich characterized his campaign with this not-so-comforting statement: “We certainly fly by the seat of our pants.” The former Speaker was telling the truth.

Gingrich’s campaign staff already missed a deadline to appear on the primary ballot in Missouri — a technically unimportant mistake (Missouri selects its delegates to the nominating convention via caucuses), but a symbolic error that underscores the disorganization of the campaign. Gingrich’s spokesman said the campaign missed the Missouri deadline on purpose. That hardly improves the matter: As Mitt Romney’s team pointed out, Missouri will be an important swing state in the general and to miss the deadline purposely smacks of disrespect.

Of even more importance, the Gingrich staff might miss today’s deadline to appear on the ballot in Ohio. Ohio sends 66 delegates to the convention, and a write-in campaign would be unlikely to net Gingrich as many supporters as he would gain if his name were actually on the ballot.

Gingrich supporters have grumbled about the complicated running-for-president process — and they might have a point. But, like it or not, the system is what it is — and, if Gingrich seriously wants the nomination, he has to at least take care of the basics.

Gingrich’s spokesman says the campaign is on track to meet all other deadlines, and, in general, Gingrich’s staff and other endorsers appear confident he can capitalize on his present high level of support in the polls with or without the traditional trappings of a full-scale campaign.

Gingrich himself has even touted the confusion as a kind of streamlined, stripped-down team.

Gingrich has disputed the characterization of a campaign in trouble, saying that he is only struggling by an outdated paradigm used by the political establishment.

“I find it fascinating, we have all these articles about businesses getting leaner, flattening their hierarchies… all these cutting edge ideas. And then you have a group of consultants who feel you need to be slow, cumbersome, and expensive. Well, if you were the consultants you’d feel that way too because that’s your money. We run a very decentralized campaign… and it works,” Gingrich said at a press conference Monday.

And while Gingrich admitted that his campaign “certainly fly by the seat of our pants,” he argued that allowed him to be more responsive to breaking news and new turns in the campaign trail.

That seems like a stretch — and the disorder of the Gingrich campaign is perhaps even more striking when compared with the precision of the Romney campaign, which has made organization a key component of the candidate’s campaign strategy. As I wrote earlier this week, organizational strategy alone won’t win it for Romney — but a lack of it could lose it for Gingrich.

Update: Gingrich did meet the Ohio deadline, after all. Furthermore, the purported deadline wasn’t so hard and fast as some reports made it sound. Turns out it was just a “recommended deadline.” ABC’s Elizabeth Hartfield reports:

The suggested filing deadline to appear on the ballot in the Ohio primary was 4 p.m. today, and earlier this week there was questioning as to whether Newt Gingrich would be able to file the necessary signatures  to qualify for the ballot by this afternoon’s deadline.

However, after all the speculation, Newt Gingrich was one of three Republican presidential candidates to adhere to today’s suggested deadline in Ohio. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney also filed today in Ohio. Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum have not yet filed with the Ohio of Secretary of State. …

But the Ohio situation is different.  Today’s filing deadline was only a recommended deadline for presidential candidates. Ohio’s presidential primary is currently scheduled for June 12, and the actual filing deadline for presidential candidates is March 14.  Today’s filing deadline in Ohio applies only to individuals hoping to run in state, local and U.S. Senate races.


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Ohio Republicans will find a way to get Newt on the ballot. Theres no way they would allow the front runner to not be on that ballot.

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Yeah, this guy is totally capable of running an organized campaign against the most well-funded liberal President in history.

Let’s face it, folks: we’re boned if Gingrich is the nominee.

Esoteric on December 7, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Hey, he should just do what Obama’s team did in 2008, just forge the sigs, no one will notice.

See Link:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/07/indiana-2008-presidential-primary-election-fraud-probe-heats-up/

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Why can’t a presidential front-runner get his act together enough to get on the ballots?

kerrhome on December 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Geez Louise, did they hire Mark Block?

El_Terrible on December 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Remember when Romney was pushing for earlier, and earlier primary dates?

portlandon on December 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Just forge a bunch of names. Nobody will ever check and if they do, nothing will come of it, right Barry?

John Deaux on December 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Winning The Future

Challenge Accepted on December 7, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Hm, this is worrisome. If Gingrich can’t even keep a campaign running smoothly, how is he going to oversee reform of the vast Federal bureaucracy?

Inkblots on December 7, 2011 at 3:13 PM

I imagine they’ll get his name on somehow if he keeps his frontrunner status. meh

Flapjackmaka on December 7, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Oh dear…

1215 on December 7, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Of even more importance, the Gingrich staff might miss today’s deadline to appear on the ballot in Ohio. Ohio sends 66 delegates to the convention, and a write-in campaign would be unlikely to net Gingrich as many supporters as he would gain if his name were actually on the ballot.

Minor correction on that – at this point, it is but an “advisory” deadline in the event Ohio shifts its June Presidential primary date to March.

Steve Eggleston on December 7, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Noot.

jeez. we’re so screwed.

SD Tom on December 7, 2011 at 3:15 PM

I imagine they’ll get his name on somehow if he keeps his frontrunner status. meh

Yeah, because election laws are for the Little People, right? True titans of conservatism like Newt Gingrich don’t need to observe such petty formalities.

Ignorance, thy name is Flapjackmaka.

Esoteric on December 7, 2011 at 3:16 PM

“… the Gingrich staff might miss today’s deadline to appear on the ballot in Ohio.”

Tina…

… let us know what happens at the end of the day.

Thanks…

Seven Percent Solution on December 7, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Remember all the handwringing about how Palin had to decide by such-and-such a date so that she could make ballot deadlines, etc.?

Good times, good times…

/s

cs89 on December 7, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I know for a fact that back in 1976, Jesse Jackson didn’t really have all the required signatures to get on the Pennsylvania primary ballot, but made such a stink in the Secretary of State’s Office that they relented.

J_Crater on December 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Of even more importance, the Gingrich staff might miss today’s deadline to appear on the ballot in Ohio. Ohio sends 66 delegates to the convention, and a write-in campaign would be unlikely to net Gingrich as many supporters as he would gain if his name were actually on the ballot.

Gingrich supporters have grumbled about the complicated running-for-president process — and they might have a point. But, like it or not, the system is what it is — and, if Gingrich seriously wants the nomination, he has to at least take care of the basics.

I don’t think getting 1,000 people to sign a nomination petition is complicated. After all, the Recall Walker gang, in a state with half the population, have allegedly picked up 1,000 signatures every hour in their first 12 days.

On the other hand, who knows how many of those are valid. The Ohio Secretary of State found that fully a quarter of the signatures the Ohio unionistas submitted to overturn Ohio’s collective bargaining law were invalid.

Steve Eggleston on December 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Bleh, now thats a blunder. Comon Newt. Don’t make me start having to push hard on Bachmann, cause I will!

astonerii on December 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM

El_Terrible on December 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Lol, hey hes available.

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 3:19 PM

and the disorder of the Gingrich campaign is perhaps even more striking when compared with the precision of the Romney campaign,

I should hope that Romney has a campaign in smooth running order. He’s been running for President for 8 years.

portlandon on December 7, 2011 at 3:20 PM

First look at Buddy Roemer?

1215 on December 7, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I know whose name definitely won’t be on the ballot: Sarah Palin.

Why? Because she quit.

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Remember when Obama’s claim to extensive executive experience was how well he ran a campaign.

AverageJoe on December 7, 2011 at 3:22 PM

test

Steve Z on December 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Okay, I give up. Let’s just coronate Romney and get this thing over with. Everyone is shocked, just shocked that a campaign that had hitherto been moribund and lacking staff might have problems getting back up to speed. Whatever. I give up.

andy85719 on December 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

test

Steve Z on December 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

You pass!

Inkblots on December 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

staff is too busy pumping book sales

gatorboy on December 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Okay, I give up. Let’s just coronate Romney and get this thing over with.

andy85719 on December 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

There is another…

Inkblots on December 7, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Yeah, because election laws are for the Little People, right? True titans of conservatism like Newt Gingrich don’t need to observe such petty formalities.

No problem, if you’re a Democrat. See Bob Torricelli / Frank Lautenberg switcheroo AFTER the deadline for the NJ Senate race in 2006.

Steve Z on December 7, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Ohio doesn’t matter in presidential elections anyway.

FruitedPlain on December 7, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I know whose name definitely won’t be on the ballot: Sarah Palin.

Why? Because she quit.

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Hater. How can someone quit something they were not in?

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM

“We certainly fly by the seat of our pants.”

= undisciplined

BacaDog on December 7, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Thanks for the info, Ms. Korbe!

And, damn, Gingrich, get your act together!

That don’t make no sense, son!!

Sherman1864 on December 7, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I know whose name definitely won’t be on the ballot: Sarah Palin.

Why? Because she quit.

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 3:22 PM

You remind me of a guy I once knew that used to fish with hand grenades.

FruitedPlain on December 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM

That seems like a stretch — and the disorder of the Gingrich campaign is perhaps even more striking when compared with the precision of the Romney Perry campaign…

That also works.

TheRightMan on December 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM

No problem, if you’re a Democrat. See Bob Torricelli / Frank Lautenberg switcheroo AFTER the deadline for the NJ Senate race in 2006.

Maybe Newt can argue before the court that he’s FUNCTIONALLY a Democrat, given his past political record. Bring back all the “proud Rockefeller Republican moderate” stuff and cite to his support for the Obamacare mandate and cap & trade.

Might cut some ice, I dunno.

Esoteric on December 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Everyone knows he (Newt) had a skeleton campaign staff untill just recently . . . .why doesn’t everone focus on Obama and his disastrous Presidency . . . .Romney needs to throw in the towel and get behind Newt or Perry’s candidacy.

Go NEWT or PERRY!

Pragmatic on December 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Get ready for Tina’s Ode to Perry in 5…4…3…2…1

andy85719 on December 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM

you guys…. sarah will be on hannity tonight and she will also be on eric bolling’s show at 10:00.

sarah announced her bolling interview on twitter and it’s unusual for her to announce interviews on twitter.

and bolling tweeted here: https://twitter.com/ericbolling/status/144500567597793280 she will break some big news tonight!!!

something interesting is about to happen. now i’m nervous!!

Sachiko on December 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 3:22 PM

newt was a quitter long before sarah

chasdal on December 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Hey, he should just do what Obama’s team did in 2008, just forge the sigs, no one will notice.

See Link:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/07/indiana-2008-presidential-primary-election-fraud-probe-heats-up/

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Realistically, what are the repercussions to this? They can’t really nullify the election in Indiana, can they?

herm2416 on December 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gingrich: John Bolton will be my secretary of state

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/7/gingrich-john-bolton-will-be-my-secretary-state/

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pseudonominus on December 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Ignorance, thy name is Flapjackmaka.

Esoteric on December 7, 2011 at 3:16 PM

meh

Flapjackmaka on December 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

You remind me of a guy I once knew that used to fish with hand grenades.
FruitedPlain on December 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM

You would be surprised at the number of fish I’ve gutted; csdeven practically jumps into the boat by herself.

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Ahhh….the silly season is here. Come on people…..do you actually think the front runner’s not going to have his name on the ballot…..really??!!! Maybe he doesn’t think he needs Ohio to win….or maybe internal polling shows he’s so far behind in that state it useless anyway.Newts going to clean house in the south and Ohio and other states are not going to even matter at that point. Look at the dates and primary/caucus’s leading to Ohio…..don’t need it. Sorry Ohio……just my take.

coach1228 on December 7, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Delusional. You MUST be organized to win either party’s nomination. There is no way a longtime pol like Newt Gingrich should be given a pass on this. I’ll bet even Jon Huntsman is on all of the ballots. It only takes a few dedicated people to watch over this stuff. If Newt doesn’t even have that, I wonder why I should support him.

Hillary Clinton essentially lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008 because Obama out-organized her in the early states. That is not as easy to do on the GOP side, but caucus-goers and voters in these early states definitely reward the better organized candidate.

rockmom on December 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM

something interesting is about to happen. now i’m nervous!!

Sachiko on December 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Endorsement? Who knows. Newt said he’d hire bolton as SOS. Man oh man, raising the stakes.

Flapjackmaka on December 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM

http://twitter.com/ericbolling/status/144508596711989248

Just did amazing 30 minutes w/ Gov Palin re: Newt, Romney, Trump, Pelosi, Will she endorse, when? Who true conserv should vote/ awesome!

wow, can’t wait to see!!

Sachiko on December 7, 2011 at 3:37 PM

There is not problem here, this will be fixed. However, it’s time for Newt to get a competent, first rate aggressive staff as quickly as humanly possible.

rplat on December 7, 2011 at 3:37 PM

and the disorder of the Gingrich campaign is perhaps even more striking when compared with the precision of the Romney campaign

Isn’t this simply another indicator that Newt may not have what it takes to mount a sustained, organized campaign against the Obama machine politics system?

That isn’t a case for Romney, of course, but it sure is a strike against Newt.

reaganade on December 7, 2011 at 3:38 PM

That’s OK. If not Newt Gingrich, why not Mitt Romney?

ElenaKagan on December 7, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Due to the issues Ohio is having in regards to redistricting the primary is likely to be moved to June. In which case all the candidates will have to refile. In essence making the current deadline meaningless.

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2011/12/report_says_newt_gingrich_migh.html

This still doesn’t bode well for Gingrich’s organization skills.

ripcord on December 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I don’t find this surprising at all. I have said three things will sink Gingrich in either the primary or the general:

- His big mouth
- His big ego
- Lack of discipline (both self and otherwise)

Why are some conservatives hell bent on hitching their hopes on a candidate simply because he talks good? First it was Cain, now Gingrich. It appears records no longer matter.

But if Gingrich’s lack of discipline as evidenced by his failure to plan is any indication, those on the Gingrich train are in for one bumpy ride that will end in Romneysville.

When we could easily have a conservative candidate with the records that will matter against Obama – Gov. Rick Perry. His initial debate performances were not that good, although aside some flubs and his brain freeze it has not been all that bad. He has also shown great improvement so that many now see him as having performed extremely well in the last few debates and Huckabee forum.

TheRightMan on December 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

There are worse problems to have than numbers soaring so high, so fast, that you have to scramble to keep up with the support.

sleepingiantsup on December 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Gingrich: John Bolton will be my secretary of state

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/7/gingrich-john-bolton-will-be-my-secretary-state/

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pseudonominus on December 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Sucker… and you believe him?

By the way, John Bolton is currently on the Perry team.

TheRightMan on December 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

There are worse problems to have than numbers soaring so high, so fast, that you have to scramble to keep up with the support.

sleepingiantsup on December 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Scrambling to the extent that you are missing being placed on the ballot in some key states?

I guess you supported Cain too?

TheRightMan on December 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

On the Ohio ballot or not, I will not vote for him…Not in the Primary anyway…

If he is the one at the end of all this, and its him or PBO, well I guess I may have to push the button for ABO.

As stated by another above…This is not an endorsement for Mittens. I wouldnt vote for him even if he changed his first name to Not! LOL!

BigFrank on December 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

TheRightMan on December 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Nope!

sleepingiantsup on December 7, 2011 at 3:46 PM

sleepingiantsup on December 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

the only poll that matters is the one on election day. and if your name isnt on the ballot, well, then polls mean even less

chasdal on December 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Is this the part where we all wail in utter frustration?

I don’t care how it happens, but someone (preferably a Tea Party Conservative) with a name other than Barack Hussein Obama (MMM MMM MMM) is occupying the White House after January 20, 2013.

Gingrich’s campaign may be messy, but we have already seen him change the country once before. I suspect that he’ll be able to do again, and for the better.

All bets are if Palin changes her mind (extremely unlikely) and puts it all on the line to save the country.

itzWicks on December 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

chasdal on December 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Can’t argue with that. Money follows polls, though, so it’s not a complete shocker that he’s scrambling a bit. Isn’t that fair? Btw, I like Newt but would love to see a Perry resurgence. Open minds!!!

sleepingiantsup on December 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Minor correction on that – at this point, it is but an “advisory” deadline in the event Ohio shifts its June Presidential primary date to March.

John….thanks for pointing that out on this…
This is all just a waste…..so dumb.
Love seeing all the Newt haters…..and before that…. the Cain haters and before that….. the Perry haters…..so predictable.
Romenynuts and Ronbots need to start thinking either Newt or Perry because they are going to need to hold thier noses when when pulling that lever next November…..or the alternative if they choose to sit it out…..Obummer Nation.

coach1228 on December 7, 2011 at 3:51 PM

pseudonominus on December 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Bolton is in Perry’s camp as an adviser. Newt is GREAT at making big statements which can neither be fulfilled or he has not intention of fulfilling.

Kermit on December 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Of even more importance, the Gingrich staff might miss today’s deadline to appear on the ballot in Ohio. Ohio sends 66 delegates to the convention, and a write-in campaign would be unlikely to net Gingrich as many supporters as he would gain if his name were actually on the ballot.

Minor correction on that – at this point, it is but an “advisory” deadline in the event Ohio shifts its June Presidential primary date to March.

Steve Eggleston on December 7, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Missing an “advisory” dealine sounds like it’s no big deal.

If I had a really lean organization and some debt to work off, I would go after bigger fish. But then again, I do not need to get votes from the HA commentariat.

….insert obligatory screaming, head banging, and hysterical calumnies. Newt is doomed /s

WhatNot on December 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

dealine = deadline.

WhatNot on December 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Newt should hire those folks who got Obama on the Indiana ballot.

Christien on December 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Perry or Bachman are the only conservative choices. One more example
of Newt being an idea guy and not a doer!

Doomsday on December 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Hello to everyone here. I just registered today, and this is my first post.

I am willing to cut Gingrich some slack. Like Cain, Gingrich began his campaign without a realistic expectation that he’d actually become the nominee. Eight months ago, who foresaw a primary season without Sarah Palin, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, or Rudy Guiliani? Who would have thought Tim Pawlenty would have thrown in the towel so quickly? Who knew Rick Perry sucked at debating?

His ascent in the polls is recent, and money is just now coming in, but Gingrich is experienced enough to make his sudden burst of popularity work.

The Bringer on December 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Newt’s campaign, from the beginning, has been short on staff and long on fundraising consultants.

Kermit on December 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

“Of even more importance, the Gingrich staff might miss today’s deadline to appear on the ballot in Ohio.”

Update tonight at midnight? The day is young.

Second that Christien – rules? What politician plays by rules! Silly serfs… rules are for non-elite…

glidingone on December 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Err…

I guess no one got the memo.

The deadline changed when Ohio changed its date:

“In Ohio, the deadline for filing to be on the primary ballot is 90 days before the primary, which means that the new deadline for now-scheduled June primary is March 14, 2012. “

powerpro on December 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

When we could easily have a conservative candidate with the records that will matter against Obama – Gov. Rick Perry.

TheRightMan

Too bad he likely couldn’t remember what his record is if asked about it in a debate. There’s one record Perry has that will matter most against Obama…people think he’s an idiot, and possibly a drunk. Rick Perry is where he is because of one person: Rick Perry.

xblade on December 7, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Missing an “advisory” dealine sounds like it’s no big deal.

If I had a really lean organization and some debt to work off, I would go after bigger fish. But then again, I do not need to get votes from the HA commentariat.

….insert obligatory screaming, head banging, and hysterical calumnies. Newt is doomed /s

WhatNot on December 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

If Ohio changes its primary back to March, Gingrich would be screwed. I wouldn’t put it past Team Romney (see Florida).

Steve Eggleston on December 7, 2011 at 4:11 PM

xblade on December 7, 2011 at 4:10 PM

no, its because people like you misconstrue little gaffes and lie about a speech that well very well received and later selectively edited. his little miscues are nothing. hell, bush was much worse. his record trumps anyone else in this race but so many are like the idiots on this site and never look at actual issues. so many on this site have jumped around and dont realize how incompatible the candidate they currently support is w/ the one they previously supported.

chasdal on December 7, 2011 at 4:14 PM

By the way, John Bolton is currently on the Perry team.

Macht nichts.

pseudonominus on December 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Come on, Newt. Get it together so we know you are a “serious” candidate.

IwjwI on December 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM

newt was a quitter long before sarah

chasdal on December 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Newt was Palinized long before Sarah.

stenwin77 on December 7, 2011 at 4:28 PM

There’s a difference between cutting fat, to streamline the business, and cutting muscle, which weakens a business. Businesses still have deadlines to meet. When they don’t, they lose customers. Lose enough customers, and they’ll fold. It’s really pretty simple.

Missing filing deadlines isn’t “cutting fat”. It’s committing suicide.

nukemhill on December 7, 2011 at 4:31 PM

By the way, John Bolton is currently on the Perry team.

TheRightMan on December 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Does not preclude him from serving under Pres. Gingrich, if that should happen.

stenwin77 on December 7, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Err…

I guess no one got the memo.

The deadline changed when Ohio changed its date:

“In Ohio, the deadline for filing to be on the primary ballot is 90 days before the primary, which means that the new deadline for now-scheduled June primary is March 14, 2012. “

powerpro on December 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Link?

glidingone on December 7, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Thanks ripcord – nice catch powerpro.

“Missing the deadline would embarrass Gingrich and be another sign that his state-by-state organization has yet to catch up with his campaign’s surge.

But it probably wouldn’t be Game Over for him in Ohio.

The deadline today is for a March primary, which as of today does not include the presidential or U.S. House races. Those contests are scheduled to appear on a June ballot. The reason: A fight over a new congressional map has thrown next year’s primaries into confusion. State legislators had hoped to avoid two primaries by compromising on the boundaries. That hasn’t happened yet.

And because the law establishing the June primary does not take effect until next month, Husted has urged all prospective candidates to follow the existing rules, which are based on a March primary. After the June primary is etched in stone — or if lawmakers reach a deal to hold one primary later than March, a new deadline would take effect, and presidential candidates would have to file petitions again. The petitions submitted by Wednesday’s deadline would be null and void.

In other words, Gingrich is likely to have another chance.

Presidential candidates must file in each Ohio congressional district, as well as at large with the state. As of Wednesday morning, only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had filed in Cuyahoga County, according to the board of elections. No one had filed with the state, said Matt McClellan, a spokesman for Husted’s office.”

glidingone on December 7, 2011 at 4:50 PM

So he “might” miss an “advisory” date?

/faint

Irritable Pundit on December 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM

From the Fox story on the Obama fraud in Indianna:

I had always thought that, now-President Obama, had earned his victory in Indiana,” said the state’s Republican chairman, Eric Holcomb. “But then I quickly learned that he had cheated his way on to the ballot in the primary.”

OK, show of hands. How many are surprised that the Republican chairman didn’t bother to check validity of signatures of his opponent’s petitions? Second show of hands, how many here think that this might, just might, be the reason why Republicans continue to lose elections and are thought to be somewhat whimpy, ineffectual fools?

/yeah, me too.

AZfederalist on December 7, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Meh. Emperors are coronated not elected.

LaserBeam on December 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

UPDATE: Newt Gingrich was one of three Republican presidential candidates to adhere to today’s suggested deadline in Ohio. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney also filed today in Ohio. Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum have not yet filed with the Ohio of Secretary of State.

Crisis averted?

Braveheart on December 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I know for a fact Newt filed. The question is did they file correctly? They had some issues that had to be fixed last minute, so the question is did they do it correctly or not.

NoStoppingUs on December 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM

How many are surprised that the Republican chairman didn’t bother to check validity of signatures of his opponent’s petitions?

AZfederalist on December 7, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Remember at the time GOP poohbahs were focused on Hillary not some junior Senator Whatshisname.

LaserBeam on December 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Err…

I guess no one got the memo.

The deadline changed when Ohio changed its date:

“In Ohio, the deadline for filing to be on the primary ballot is 90 days before the primary, which means that the new deadline for now-scheduled June primary is March 14, 2012. “

powerpro on December 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

There is no memo. No one knows when the date is because no one can come to an agreement. All filing deadlines are recommended. Congressional candidates don’t even know the makeup of their districts yet.

I’ve heard within the last 5 minutes the primary will be held in early May. March was the deadlined for the *second* map that was introduced, but did not pass. The only way the June election would occur would be if Democrats compromised on the second map, which is unlikely as they already voted against it, and are ramping up their effort to put the first map on the ballot for referendum.

Basically, it’s a complete mess, and no one knows what will happen. Add to the fact that there have been lawsuits filed and..well..there you go.

NoStoppingUs on December 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

As a Missourian, I can aver the primary details are meaningless. The MO GOP decided to hold first-ever caucuses instead of lose half our delegates because the primary is scheduled earlier than GOP rules would allow. Our special session was a trainwreck and this didn’t get fixed. So it’s just another date now, nothing special.

The real travesty is they scheduled the caucuses on St. Patrick’s Day. I had a standing date to be very, very drunk that day, and now those plans are all torn to heck.

I blame Romney. ;)

alwaysfiredup on December 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM

ADHD former House speaker vies take on clinically-depressed incumbent president.

DavidW on December 7, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Leave Gingrich alone! For karma’s sake, money doesn’t grow on tress for running a campaign…geeez! Conservative Blogs have already ran Palin and Cain off, and now y’all are trying for Newt. Pathetic.

Why don’t y’all report on Obama’s racist past…his homosexual past…his communist past…his corruption filled past and present?! I know, it’s just easier to copy from MSM…

Karmi on December 7, 2011 at 7:56 PM

So, when do we see Tina’s post saying that Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are all going to miss the primary etc…, or is the tut-touting reserved only for Newt?

Irritable Pundit on December 7, 2011 at 8:40 PM

So, when do we see Tina’s post saying that Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are all going to miss the primary etc…, or is the tut-touting reserved only for Newt?

Irritable Pundit on December 7, 2011 at 8:40 PM

When/if Bachmann, Huntsman, Paul or Santorum become the next NotRomney.

Seriously, the fact that Gingrich made today’s “advisory” deadline means an underhanded change of primary date is now remote.

Steve Eggleston on December 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM

OMG Ohio will be pivotal and always has been for Republicans. All you people who think if you win the south you win the country are really delusional It has always been a key state and this shows the abominal ignorance of some. A few weeks ago you all were clamoring for Chris Christie, a really true conservative.

AReadyRepub on December 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Gingrich’s organization is “lean and mean” for the same reason his staff quit in the spring, for the same reason Cain’s staffing was similar despite the money he raised: neither man suspected he would be a real contender. Their campaigns were designed to help sell books, attract better book and consultant deals, and increase their speaking fees.

Gingrich is handling it better than Cain did so far, but give him time.

Adjoran on December 8, 2011 at 2:10 AM

What really gets me about this is that if I understood correctly a candidate only needs 50-150 signatures per district depending on the congressional district. They can’t come up with that in a few days? If they can’t pull that off they are going to be no match for an incumbent president no matter how unpopular he may be.

kurtd on December 8, 2011 at 2:24 AM