Rick Perry’s Virginia ballot challenge rejected

A federal judge has decided that Virginia will not add Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich to its primary ballot.

None of these candidates collected the 10,000 signatures the state requires in order to qualify for a place on the ballot, Fox News reported. On Dec. 27, Perry filed a lawsuit alleging that the signature requirement violated his freedom of speech, and the other candidates joined his suit a few days later.

More from GlobalPost: Virginia primary: Gingrich and rivals join Rick Perry’s ballot lawsuit

The judge’s ruling means only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul will be on Virginia's ballot when primary voters go to the polls on March 6. Virginia state law prohibits write-in candidates in primary elections, CNN reported.

The four candidates "knew the rules in Virginia many months ago," Judge John Gibney wrote in his ruling, according to CNN. "In essence, they played the game, lost and then complained that the rules were unfair."

"We are disappointed with this result that disenfranchises Virginia voters,” Perry campaign attorney Joe Nixon said in a statement, Fox News reported. “The judge confirmed that the statute is unconstitutional, but did not remedy that situation. I commend Gov. Perry for his courage and tenacity in pursuing this case, and seeking to protect the rights of Virginia voters."

More from GlobalPost: Jon Huntsman to miss Arizona primary after paperwork mistake

The World Listener Survey 2024

We’d love to hear your thoughts on The World. Please take our 5-min. survey.