Goode lost re-election to Democrat Tom Perriello by 745 votes, or less than one-fourth of 1 percent of the 316,862 ballots cast, in the Obama-led 2008 Democratic tsunami.
Many Virginians, when they meet Goode, think he is campaigning to regain his old House seat.
That's what Doug Baldock, a retired 63-year-old truck driver from Madison Heights, assumed the afternoon Goode breezed into The Right Barber Shop on Main Street in Lynchburg where the regulars were huddled, talking sports and politics. Baldock's eyes widened when he was told Goode was running for president, and he took a second look at the campaign brochure Goode had handed him.
"Well he sure is," Baldock said. "Good. I've been looking for a way not to vote for either Obama or Romney."
In Farmville, 68-year-old retired chemical worker and Air Force veteran Harry Donahue said he voted for Republican John McCain for president in 2008 and had considered Romney this year before deciding to support Obama.
As for Goode? "I know there are a lot of people still on the fence out there, but no, I don't think Goode is going to hurt the Republican ticket."
Goode's campaign site: http://www.goodeforpresident2012.com/
Goode's Aug. 31 FEC report: http://1.usa.gov/SmP344
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