Final House Race Decided: Perriello Ousts Goode In Virginia : It's All Politics The final House election of 2008 has been decided. Democrat Tom Perriello unseated six-term Republican Virgil Goode Jr. in Virginia's 5th Congressional District. Goode demanded a recount after he trailed on election night by 745 votes. The reco...
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Final House Race Decided: Perriello Ousts Goode In Virginia

This email came in just after today's Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation. It's from Pete Marshall of Charlottesville, Va.:

It was stated on today's show that the only race yet undecided was the one between Norm Coleman and Al Franken in Minnesota. I may be wrong but I believe the House race between Virgil Goode (R) and Tom Perriello (D) in Virginia's 5th District is not official yet. Periello was declared the winner but the margin was close enough for Goode to demand a recount, which started yesterday.

Pete, your note was correct, but not for long. The race became official this afternoon. Goode, a six-term Republican, picked up 18 votes in the recount, but ultimately it wasn't enough; he lost to Democrat Tom Perriello by 727 votes. The result was certified today by a three-judge panel and Goode conceded defeat.