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Drawing puts Paul first on Va. GOP primary ballot

Thursday - 12/29/2011, 7:49am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - A drawing by the state Board of Elections puts Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul first on the ballot for Virginia's March 6 primary.

Mitt Romney will appear second on the ballot. Paul and Romney are the only GOP presidential candidates who have qualified for Virginia's ballot.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reports that the board held the drawing Wednesday.

At the request of the state GOP, the board voted to close the primary. A voter who wants to cast a primary ballot must first sign a pledge of intent to support the Republican nominee in November.

Republican Rick Perry filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to get his name on Virginia's ballot. Perry failed to collect the required 10,000 signatures.

Newt Gingrich also failed to gather enough signatures.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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