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Va. Attorney General Backs Off on Changing Ballot Access Laws

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - 

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is no longer pushing for an immediate change in rules that kept two candidates off Virginia's Republican presidential primary ballot.

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry failed to submit the required 10,000 signatures of registered voters. They've gone to court to challenge their exclusion from Virginia's ballot, which at this point will include only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Critics say Virginia's requirements are too strict, but state GOP leaders say candidates knew the rules well in advance. Cuccinelli said in a statement Saturday that ballot access laws need to be changed not for any candidate or party, but for the voters.

He backtracked Sunday, saying there's no way to change the rules for the March primary and still be fair to the candidates who already qualified.

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