Former Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode has won the Constitution Party’s nomination for President of the United States, fending off a late challenge from the party’s former Vice-Presidential nominee Darrell Castle. In the first round of balloting, Goode secured 203 votes, one more than the 202 he would have needed to win the nomination.
A Democrat when he was first elected to the U.S. House, Goode later became an independent and then a Republican. In 2008, he was defeated by a narrow-margin in his bid to win a seventh term.
Some from within the convention are telling Uncovered Politics that national chairman Jim Clymer, who is leaving his post, has the inside track as Goode’s preferred choice of running mate. As the party’s candidate for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania, Clymer polled 460,269 votes (13%) in 1994 and 315,761 votes (10.5%) in 1998. In both elections he was acting as Peg Luksik’s running mate.
In 2004, Clymer captured 220,056 votes (4%) as the party’s nominee in a race for U.S. Senate.