In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 photo, presidential candidate Virgil Goode Jr. works the campaign trail in downtown Lynchburg, Va.
New Hampshire is political country. Campaign signs are sprinkled throughout these quiet neighborhoods, and every once in a while some political activists will momentarily distract you from the beautiful fall foliage.
So, in the land of politics, where is presidential contender Virgil Goode? Nowhere to be seen. Not on yard signs and not even here in person, though he says he'd still like to make the trek.
Just like in Virginia, Goode is on the ballot here. But that doesn't mean he's making a splash; most voters have never heard of him. But Goode says that's partly because he's refusing PAC money. He says that should make him appeal to voters concerned about how money is tainting politics.
"Both Obama and Romney are just rolling in PAC money," he says. "Plus they have the super PAC's behind them. They've got multi-millionaires and billionaires just buying 30-second ads. It gives each of them tremendous exposure."
Goode has been spending most of his time in Virginia and other southern states, touting his plan to curtail green cards until more Americans are put back to work. Third party candidates don't tend to do well in New Hampshire, but analysts say Goode may make a small dent in Republican Mitt Romney's support in the battle ground state of Virginia.