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Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. did not bother trying to turn in signatures to meet Virginia’s requirements, which are among the strictest in the entire country.

Mr. Perry’s lawsuit argues that the provision requiring signature gatherers to be either eligible or registered voters in the state is unconstitutional.

The campaigns of Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Santorum, Mr. Huntsman and Mr. Gingrich said Saturday that they intend to file a joint motion to intervene in the case.

They asked that the commonwealth’s Board of Elections either add them to the ballot or not take action until the judge hears arguments Jan. 13.

A Northern Virginia lawyer has filed suit in Richmond Circuit Court to get Mr. Gingrich’s name on the ballot, though the lawsuit is not affiliated with the Gingrich campaign.