Lindsey Graham makes Virginia presidential ballot
The three-term U.S. senator from South Carolina is struggling in polls, but Thursday Graham became the seventh Republican presidential candidate to file petitions for Virginia's Super Tuesday primary ballot.
"Gaining access to the Virginia Republican Primary ballot marks an important milestone for our strong political organization," Graham said in a press release.
Graham submitted "significantly more signatures than required to meet the 5,000 statewide and 200 per Congressional District requirements of Virginia law," the Republican Party of Virginia told AMI Newswire.
Graham's campaign may have cleared the Virginia ballot hurdle, but it has yet to catch on with Republican voters across the country. In a nationwide CNN poll released Friday, Graham's support is designated by an asterisk, indicating failure to reach the 1-percent threshold.
Graham, along with former New York Gov. George Pataki, was dropped from the most recent Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee for failing to meet the polling criteria established by one of the debate's sponsors, Fox Business Network.
In the RealClear Politics polling average, Graham garners one-half of 1 percent. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed Graham with 0-percent support.
In September, Public Policy Polling found 78 percent of South Carolina Republican primary voters wanted Graham to drop out of the presidential race. The same poll found Graham's presidential campaign was hurting his favorability rating as the state's senior senator.
In February, 54 percent of Republican primary voters approved of Graham's job performance, while 29 percent disapproved. By September, only 36 percent approved of him, compared with 51 percent who disapproved.