Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Virgil Goode will stay on Virginia ballot -Washington Post

Virgil Goode will stay on Va. ballot after Cuccinelli finishes probe - Virginia Politics - The Washington Post - Ben Pershing:

September 21,2012 - "Former congressman Virgil Goode Jr. will remain on Virginia’s presidential ballot after state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II concluded an investigation into fraud allegations leveled at Goode by the state Republican Party.... Republicans in Virginia and other states have sought to keep him off the ballot out of concern that he might take votes from Mitt Romney....

"A Washington Post poll of Virginia released this week showed Goode getting 2 percent support among registered voters, while Libertarian Gary Johnson got 4 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein took 1 percent.

"The Virginia State Board of Elections ruled in early September that Goode had qualified for the ballot after he submitted more than 20,500 signatures to the board. State law requires candidates to submit a minimum of 10,000 valid signatures, including at least 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts.

"But the state Republican party filed a challenge to Goode’s submission, and party Chairman Pat Mullins contended that there were 'systemic problems' among Goode’s signatures that showed a “stunning disregard” for state law. Goode called the allegations 'ludicrous.'"

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