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Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 01/04/2012

No Santorum on D.C.’s Republican ballot


No Santorum for you, D.C. (Eric Gay - AP)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) may have surged to a narrow second-place finish in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, but should he somehow defy national polling and maintain his momentum through the District’s April 3 primary, D.C. voters won’t get a chance to vote for him.

The Santorum campaign has “never expressed an interest” in vying for the District’s 16 pledged convention delegates, said Paul D. Craney, executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee.

The campaign has neither picked up nominating petitions nor paid a $10,000 access fee to get on the city ballot. It also failed to turn in any of the signatures necessary to access Virginia’s primary ballot.

Another GOP contender is also in danger of missing out. [Update after the jump.]

On Wednesday afternoon, Craney issued a Twitter call for D.C. Republicans willing to serve as delegates for Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.). He explained in a telephone interview that one or two members of Paul’s required 16-delegate slate had failed to turn in necessary paperwork with about 90 minutes to go until the 5 p.m. deadline.

“It’s a problem,” Craney said.

[Update, 4:35 P.M.: But the problem was solved: Craney says three substitute delegates were identified and will file the required paperwork. “We got three delegates in a half-hour,” he said. “Not bad.” Paul is expected to pay the $10,000 fee in lieu of submitting petitions.]

Should any of the 16 slate members fail to file a signed declaration of candidacy by the deadline, a candidate would be ineligible for the ballot, said Board of Elections and Ethics spokeswoman Alysoun McLaughlin.

Other major contenders look to be set: Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have filed petition signatures with the board; Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are expected to pay the $10,000 fee to the DCGOP, Craney said.

Michele Bachmann, who like Santorum was not expected to contest the District, dropped out of the race today.

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