Virgil Goode: A complication for Romney in Virginia?

September 4, 2012

Virgil Goode Jr., the former Virginia congressman who is the Constitution Party's presidential nominee, has qualified for the ballot in Virginia. The Post's Ben Pershing: 

The state Republican party has already challenged the eligibility of Goode, who is the Constitution Party’s nominee, and could still get him knocked off the ballot. Goode previously served in Congress as a Democrat, an Independent and then a Republican before losing his southwest Virginia seat in 2008.

Republicans could still get Goode removed from the ballot, and it's not difficult to understand why they would want to. Because of his politics, in a close race, Goode's presence on the ballot would more likely be detrimental to Mitt Romney's chances in Virginia than it would be for President Obama's chances there:

Goode has said that he expects to take votes from both Obama and Romney, but his support is more likely to come from the GOP side. He is running on a mostly conservative platform, with a heavy emphasis on stemming both illegal and legal immigration. Goode also opposes abortion and free trade agreements.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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