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Virgil Goode, born on October 17, 1946, is an American politician who last served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. He won the seat of the House of...

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Virgil Goode Could Cost Mitt Romney Election

Democratic firm Public Policy Polling raised the eyebrows of many poll-watchers and pundits. Mr. Obama topped Mr. Romney by eight points in Virginia, 51 percent to 43 percent, in the PPP poll. If Mr. Goode was on the ballot, however, Mr. Obama's lead over Mr. Romney increased to 12 points, at 50 percent to 38 percent, with Mr. Goode taking 5 percent of the vote. "There is clearly an opening for a third-party challenge on Romney's right," said Stephen Farnsworth, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington. "In Southside Virginia, [Goode is] a living institution. The problem for the Goode campaign is, he's not that well-known outside his old congressional district, much less outside Virginia. Indeed, Mr. Goode has managed to qualify for the ballot in 17 states thus far, according to his campaign website — and Virginia is not one of them. He garnered less than 0.5 percent of the vote in a Gallup poll of registered voters conducted between June 7 and June 10, and support for third-party candidates has historically trended downward as Election Day nears. But Mr. Goode's close political ties to Virginia could change that, at least inside the state, and tea party voters are one bloc that would seemingly gravitate toward him. Mark Lloyd, past chairman of both the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and the Lynchburg Tea Party, though, said there simply isn't much chatter about Mr. Goode's candidacy in those circles. Read more: Goode's third-party run <b>...</b>
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