The Washington Times - December 7, 2011, 05:53PM

Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama all filed paperwork Wednesday to appear on Ohio’s primary ballot, according to a spokesman for the Ohio secretary of state’s office.

It remains unclear whether all the candidates had enough legitimate signatures to qualify for the ballot under Ohio state rules, which require submitting signatures of between 50 and 150 Republicans in each of the state’s 16 congressional districts. The county board of elections plans to reviews the signatures by the end of the month before certifying the filings.


While Mr. Romney filed his forms a day early and his campaign noted its plans to exceed signatures requirements by at least 30 percent to allow for mistakes, Mr. Gingrich, who is surging in the polls, was still scrambling to meet Ohio’s signatures requirements Tuesday afternoon. It was unclear exactly when Mr. Perry and Mr. Obama filed their forms.

Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker whose once-moribund presidential campaign has been resurrected in the polls in recent weeks, already missed the deadline for Missouri’s ballot. With several other state deadlines looming this month, his campaign is showing growing pains as it strives to meet them.

If any of the filings do not meet the state’s requirements, the candidates and those who have yet to file, will likely have more time.  The law currently calls for a 4 p.m. Wednesday filing deadline, but a new law that takes effect Jan. 20 would move the state’s primary back to June and would reset the filing deadline to March 14.

“Because there’s been some uncertainty with the primaries, our office advised all candidates to file by today,” said Matt McClellan, a spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.