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Virgil Goode to Appear on Virginia's Presidential Ballot

by Associated Press posted Sep 4 2012 4:22PM
 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Conservative former Rep. Virgil Goode will appear on Virginia's presidential ballot after state election officials rejected a Republican-led effort to keep him off. Republicans fear Goode will drain votes from their candidate, Mitt Romney, in a swing state where polls show a deadlocked race.
     Virginia's State Board of Elections acted Tuesday after the state GOP challenged Goode's qualifying petitions and sought an independent review.
     But the Republican-dominated board also asked Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (koo-chih-NEHL'-ee) and the state police to investigate.
     The former congressman is the nominee of the conservative Constitution Party, and has held office as a Democrat, independent and Republican. He lost the seat to Democrat Tom Perriello in 2008.
     Goode has called the GOP's action a heavy-handed effort to control ballot access and intimidate third-party participation.
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09/04/2012 4:22PM
Virgil Goode to Appear on Virginia's Presidential Ballot
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