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Topic - Virgil Goode
Democrat Terry McAuliffe holds a 44 percent to 41 percent lead over Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis pulling 7 percent of the vote, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The race to win a job that pays $36,000 a year and requires skills hardly more demanding than the ability to stand for long periods of time is attracting an inordinate amount of attention this year in Virginia.
Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. Yet in a tight race between Democratic President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney that likely will be won or lost at the margins, even blips can be a big deal.
As a Libertarian, I was intrigued to read the article "Va. GOP finds hope in polling for Goode" (Web, Sept. 23). The most entertaining part was the quote from Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, who said: "I think it's part and parcel of a shameful philosophy that has somehow taken over the party of Lincoln. What's the harm in letting people [get] on the ballot?"
Mitt Romney is likely to have more company on the Virginia ballot than he'd prefer in November.
With Mitt Romney now the official Republican presidential nominee, Libertarian Party nominee Gary E. Johnson is trying to win over liberty lovers who backed Rep. Ron Paul during the GOP's primary process, raising questions of whether either man could play the spoiler for Mr. Romney in a general election.
President Obama leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Virginia, 50 percent to 45 percent -- down from an 8-point lead he held in early July, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.
President Obama leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney by eight points in Virginia as both campaigns turn their focus toward the all-important swing state this week.
Former Virginia Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr.'s bid for the White House as the Constitution Party's nominee could help resuscitate a political career cut short by a razor-thin loss in 2008 — but it also carries the risk of tipping the scales toward President Obama in the all-important swing state.
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.
Mr. Goode, a Democrat-turned-independent-turned-Republican who served six terms in the House of Representatives, says he submitted about 20,500.