With only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul getting enough signatures to appear on the Virginia primary ballot, they will be the only two choices for Virginians heading to the polls on Super Tuesday.
State law says, there are no write-ins for a primary in the commonwealth.
Chairman of the Political Science Department at Shenandoah University, Dr. Bill Shendow, says it's a shame that Virginians will not get to chose from the entire pool of candidates.
Dr. Shendow says, "It's unfortunate in that probably as many as forty percent, which I would think would be a good estimate as to how many people would have chosen to vote for Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich or maybe for some of the others as well. So they are either not going to participate or participate and vote for somebody who is not their first choice or they can chose none of the above, so to speak."
He says the rules that prevented the other candidates from making the cut may need to be looked at a little closer.
Dr Shendow tells TV3, "Most of the Republican officials have stood by the rules as are and there doesn't seem to be any great movement away from the prevailing rules in the future. However, I think in time, when you don't have the pressures of the election before you, there may be a discussion. I would hope that there would be discussion."
Dr. Shendow says he expects Romney to carry Virginia fairly easily.