AG: Goode will remain on Viriginia presidential ballot

There were irregularities in the ballot petitions submitted by Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode in his effort to get on the presidential ballot in Virginia, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Friday.

But the irregularities were not enough in the AG’s mind to prevent Goode from being certified for ballot access in the November election.

“We call them like we see them,” Cuccinelli said.

The State Board of Elections had requested a review from the Attorney General’s Office of the ballot petitions submitted by Goode, a former Fifth District congressman.

Issues brought up to the board seemed to have a political taint given the possibility that Goode, a conservative, could take votes away from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Recent polling has Romney trailing Democratic incumbent Barack Obama in Virginia by margins ranging from four to seven points, with Goode pulling as much as 2 percent ostensibly from among potential Romney supporters.

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