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Goode approved for Va. presidential ballot
Question of the Day
On the same day President Obama rallied 11,600 at Norfolk State University, he may have gotten some additional help about 90 miles northwest from an unlikely source: the Virginia State Board of Elections.
The board Tuesday allowed Constitution Party candidate and former Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia to appear on the presidential ballot in the state despite a challenge from the Republican Party of Virginia, clearing the way for Mr. Goode to potentially play spoiler for GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the swing state.
Candidates must collect at least 10,000 signatures and at least 400 from each of the state’s 11 Congressional districts to qualify for the ballot. Mr. Goode, a Democrat-turned-independent-turned-Republican who served six terms in the House of Representatives, says he submitted about 20,500.
The board has asked the office of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, to investigate Mr. Goode’s petition signatures after a circulator reportedly turned in entries that looked like they came from the same person.
The attorney general can direct a committee to monitor, investigate or supervise an election if necessary and can authorize prosecutions if the committee shows election laws have been broken.
In 2008, third-party and write-in candidates received only about 1 percent of the presidential vote in Virginia, but Mr. Goode’s popularity in his old 5th Congressional District and the southern part of the state could help him make more of a dent in major-party candidates’ votes this year.
Recent polling shows that Mr. Obama would fare marginally better against Mr. Romney in the state with Mr. Goode on the ballot. But the former congressman maintains he can pull votes away from both candidates in the neck-and-neck race that’s close to a must-win.
Mr. Goode served 24 years in the state Senate before being elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1996. He shed his party label and ran as an independent in 2000 before winning as a Republican in 2002. His views on hot-button issues such as abortion and gun control align with the Republican Party, though he has criticized both candidates for not taking a harder stance on illegal immigration.
Mr. Goode says the party’s petition challenge folds into a larger pattern this year, likening it to the Romney campaign’s treatment of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas — the lone GOP primary contender who hasn’t formally endorsed the former Massachusetts governor.
While party organizers collaborated with Mr. Paul to help organize a massive rally in Tampa last week and Wednesday evening’s events at the GOP convention included a video tribute to the retiring congressman, many of his supporters feel their leader was unfairly deprived of a prime-time speaking slot after disputes concerning his delegate count arose in a handful of states.
“This year, I think there’s a great intensity to shut out anybody who doesn’t conform to the Romney norm,” he said.
A Romney spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.
“We have simply reported to the SBE additional systemic problems that warrant review,” he said.
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