Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) will not be facing a rematch against the Republican he narrowly ousted last year.
Former GOP congressman Virgil Goode announced that he would not be making a political comeback next year. Goode lost to Perriello by 727 votes last year in one of the closest House races last year.
“I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in 2010,” Goode said in a statement to the Martinsville Bulletin.
“It is my sincere hope and expectation that Republicans will nominate a conservative who will oppose the record deficits and debt of the current administration, will support secure borders and oppose amnesty for illegals, will recognize and reduce the huge threat that terrorists pose for our country, will support pro-life issues, and will support the traditional definition of marriage of one man and one woman.”
With Goode out, Republicans are expected to look at a crop of legislators within the Southside Virginia district’s lines. State senator Robert Hurt, an attorney from the Danville area, has already expressed interest in the race.
And state Delegate Rob Bell is one of the top GOP prospects in the district, holding a swing district around the more-liberal Charlottesville confines of the Fifth District.