Hearing Set In Va. GOP Primary Ballot Dispute

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Four candidates suing for a spot on Virginia's Republican presidential primary ballot are getting their day in court.

A hearing is set Friday on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's lawsuit challenging Virginia's ballot qualifying requirements. Perry filed the lawsuit last month after failing to get the 10,000 voter signatures required get on the ballot. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman also failed to qualify and later joined Perry's lawsuit.

The candidates are asking U.S. District Judge John Gibney to declare Virginia's law unconstitutional and order their names added to the March 6 ballot.

Gibney already has said in court papers that a provision allowing only Virginia residents to circulate candidate petitions is probably unconstitutional.

Only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul qualified for Virginia's primary.