Virgil Goode, the former congressman from the Virginia’s 5th District, is a member of both the GOP and the Constitution Party. There was speculation that he might run for Congress in 2010 if Robert Hurt, one of the GOP candidates, won the primary. However, Goode has made it clear that he intends to support Hurt.
“Yes, I plan to support the nominee,” Goode said Wednesday. “I think he has a very good chance of beating Tom Perriello.”
Hurt, a state lawmaker from Chatham, beat out six other Republicans to win his party’s nomination Tuesday.
Hurt carried the 5th District — which extends from the Charlottesville region down to Southside — with a decisive 48 percent of the vote.
Goode declined to endorse any of the GOP candidates during the primary, though he spoke highly of all of them and appeared at fundraising events for Hurt, Albemarle County Supervisor Kenneth C. Boyd and others.
There was also some concern that Goode would endorse or tacitly support Jeff Clark, the Danville Tea Party member who filed to run against Hurt as a third-party candidate.