Virginia’s GOP Primary Buffet Just Got Extra Helpings…

…and it ain’t just whispering.  It’s a court order.

A big development in the lawsuit filed in Virginia by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and joined by Gingrich, Santorum, and Huntsman contesting the state’s ballot access requirements. The federal judge has just filed an order saying that there is a “strong likelihood that the Court will find the residency requirement for petition circulators to be unconstitutional” at the hearing scheduled for Friday. So it is very likely that there will be additional candidates on the Virginia GOP ballot besides Romney and Paul.

The Heritage Foundation has more.

If this happens, Virginia as a bellweather just before Super Tuesday could be a massive contest between the final four candidates… provided Santorum also makes it on the ballot (to make a five-way showdown).  While Santorum didn’t even submit signatures, it would all but assure that Gingrich, Perry, Romney, and Paul would indeed make it on the ballot.

Stay tuned…