RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not be on Virginia's March 6 Republican presidential primary ballot.

The Republican Party of Virginia said Friday that Perry's campaign had failed to gather the signatures of 10,000 registered voters, the threshold to get on the primary ballot.

The state party said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas congressman Ron Paul had gotten the necessary signatures and qualified. Party officials were still verifying the signatures of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich late Friday.

Party spokesman Garren Shipley says the party is validating petitions submitted to the State Board of Elections by Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline. The validation process began Friday morning.

The required 10,000 registered voters must also include 400 signatures from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts.