Fiorina makes Virginia presidential ballot

Carly Fiorina's presidential campaign has filed signatures to gain access to Virginia's March 1 Republican primary ballot.

"Virginia is where my husband, Frank, and I met and married and where our family calls home, so it only made sense to move back to Virginia in 2011," Fiorina said in a statement her campaign provided to AMI Newswire.

"I am honored to have the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot here in my home state, and I am grateful to the many Virginians who are supporting my campaign."

Fiorina mounted an unsuccessful challenge to California Sen. Barbra Boxer in 2010, losing by ten points. The former Hewlett Packard CEO later relocated to Lorton, Virginia.

Since her breakout appearance in the first undercard candidate debate last summer, Fiorina has been a force in the presidential dates, but has not made up much ground in the polls.

The RealClear Politics average places her in sixth place at 3 percent, just behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who sits at 4 percent.

Fiorinia has launched an aggressive slate of appearances through Iowa and New Hampshire, but she has also staged online townhall-style events in an attempt to reach a wider audience.

In one such event on Dec. 2, Fiorina took a veiled swipe at states, including Virginia, that have stringent ballot access rules. Fiorina said the "political establishment takes care of its own," and that makes it "difficult for outsiders to break in."

Nevertheless, she promised that her campaign would "be on the ballot in all 50 states."

Fiorina's political campaign has Virginia roots that go beyond the candidate.

Amy Noone Frederick, a senior advisor to the campaign and president of the Alexandria-based 60Plus Association, is the wife of former Republican Delegate and one-time Republican Party of Virginia chairman Jeff Frederick.

Frederick's rocky tenure as party chairman ended in 2009, amid a series of claims that he had mishandled party funds. The party's governing central committee ousted Frederick with the blessing of then-Gov. Bob McDonnell.