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Tom Perriello ’96, ’01JD

Come January, Tom Perriello ’96, ’01JD, may be the new kid among 19 Yale alumni in the 111th U.S. Congress. Or maybe not. As of the afternoon of November 6, the Virginia State Board of Elections showed Perriello ahead of Virgil Goode, the Republican incumbent in the state’s fifth congressional district, by 631 votes. But the numbers have been rather fluid, and even after provisional ballots are counted, there will still be a recount given the closeness of the race. The congressional race is Perriello’s first foray into electoral politics: he’s best known for helping to prosecute war crimes in Africa and for starting nonprofit groups focusing on international affairs and religion in politics.

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