Poll Suggests, Goode May Hurt Romney In Virginia
Reporter: James Gherardi l Videographer: Levi Washburn
Lynchburg, VA - Former Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode is running for the White House. And at least in Virginia, he could really shake up the race, maybe, even hand the Commonwealth to President Obama.
Many Republicans worry about the "Goode effect:" voters leaving Mitt Romney and voting for Goode instead; possibly costing Romney this battleground state.
A stop for dinner, at Chick-Fil-A, turned into a photo frenzy for former Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode. "Can I get one picture? Can I get one picture here?" shouted one supporter.
Goode has seemingly celebrity status among some Conservative Virginians.
"At the end of the day, we have to decide, are we going to be constitutionalists, or are we going to be Republicans?" said Goode supporter, Trey McCullen.
And for some, that answer is crystal clear.
According to Public Policy Polling, 9% of Virginia Voters support Goode. In the same poll, Romney loses Virginia to the president by 14 points.
In a bold statement, Romney's Political Director, compared a vote for Goode to a vote for President Obama.
"People on the right side of the spectrum are so intent on beating this president that they will see a vote for a Gary Johnson or a Virgil Goode as nothing more than a vote to re-elect Barack Obama," said Rich Beeson, Romney's Political Director.
"Although I admire him as a man, he's a good man, but I really want a Republican to win this race," said Romney supporter, Sally Shires.
"Oh, we're going to take votes from both," said Goode. He says he hopes to hurt both the President's and Romney's numbers in November. "Mitt's not much better than Obama, and on some things, worse," said Goode.
And he has no intentions of dropping out.
"I think I will win Virginia and I think I'm going to win a lot of other states, because people are fed up with both of them," he said.
We couldn't get in touch with anyone from the Obama Campaign for comment.
Goode is not yet on the ballot in Virginia. But he was in Richmond today turning in petitions to have his name added. If he does get approved by the state election commission at the end of August, he'll appear as the nominee for the Constitution party.