5th District Congressional Race Getting Tighter

By: Liz Palka Email
By: Liz Palka Email

October 26, 2008

Money is becoming an issue in the 5th District Congressional race, and where the money comes from an even bigger issue.

Candidates for Congress Tom Perriello (D) and Virgil Goode (R) are throwing this issue back and forth, especially as the gap between the two candidates grows smaller and smaller.

Goode has said that Perriello is receiving money from the Democratic National Convention and from out-of-state, which is impacting the race in the challenger's favor.

However, Perriello has replied that Goode, who has represented the 5th District since 1996, has taken $1.5 million from lobbyists and special interest groups, and has subsequently voted with and for those groups.

The bottom line is, this race has become very close, with an internal poll having Goode leading Perriello by single digits.

"What's great is we've closed this gap by focusing on positive politics, by focusing on real solutions on the economy and jobs. He [Goode] has really been coming back with the same old tired negative politics of doctored photographs and false accusations. People just want to leave that behind," said Perriello.

Perriello was making several stops around the state Sunday, including Crozet Sunday afternoon and Richmond Sunday night, while Goode was campaigning around Albemarle County Saturday.

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