Running for president could soon get easier in VA

Watch NBC 12′s report on legislation co-sponsored by Del. McClellan that would lower the threshold for candidates to compete in Virginia’s presidential primary.

Last year, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum did not appear on Virginia’s March 6, 2012 ballot for the Republican presidential nomination. All three candidates failed to reach 10,000 voter signatures Virginia requires to compete.

The Commonwealth will now lower the standard to 5,000 signatures statewide and at least 200 signatures from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts, if Gov. Bob McDonnell signs a bill approved by both the Virginia House and Senate.

Del. McClellan said the move is not about making the race easier, but bringing Virginia’s standards in line with primary rules across the country.

“Most states require just 5,000 signatures.” McClellan said. “The DNC standard is also 5,000.  If we wanted to participate in the convention, we needed to have a waiver approved. All because Virginia’s primary rules were different.”

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