barack_obama_14.jpgRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has gathered enough signatures to get him on Virginia's presidential primary ballot, but it's a moot point.

The Democratic Party of Virginia said Friday it has certified the signatures, but since he's the only candidate who qualified for the Democratic ballot, the state Board of Elections will likely cancel the scheduled primary election.

Republican party spokesman Garren Shipley says petitions were submitted to the State Board of Elections by Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Perry by Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline. The party is amid the certification process, which could stretch into the evening.

Candidates in the March 6 presidential primary must have the signatures of 10,000 registered voters across the state, including at least 400 from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts.