Judge's decision could affect Goode-Perriello race
A hearing on December 8 in U.S. District Court in Richmond could affect the outcome the still-too-close-to-call race for Congress between Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Rocky Mount) and Tom Perriello (D-Ivy). Judge Richard L. Williams will decide whether to count absentee ballots from members of the military mailed past the absentee ballot deadline of Saturday, November 1. It remains unknown just how many of those ballots were from the Fifth District, but attorneys for the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) estimate a total of 5,000 absentee ballots had come in after the deadline. Perriello currently leads Goode by 745 votes.