Bush and Kerry not the only ones contending for White House

| Tuesday, September 21, 2004

While President Bush and Sen. John Kerry have garnered the lion’s share of national attention in this year’s race for the White House, other lesser-known candidates are beginning to get a little press.

An Arkansas circuit judge on Monday, Sept. 20, ordered third-party candidate Ralph Nader’s name removed from the state’s general election ballot, upholding the Democratic Party’s claim that not enough Arkansas residents validly petitioned to include him in this year’s presidential race.

The Democratic Party had sued Secretary of State Charlie Daniels, Arkansas’ chief election official, saying his office improperly certified some signatures on a petition to qualify Nader on the ballot, The Associated Press reported.

Democrats don’t want Nader to take votes away from Kerry and have filed suits in eight states – Ohio, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin – and successfully knocked Nader off the ballot in three others in addition to Arkansas – Arizona, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Nader’s supporters say they will appeal Monday’s Arkansas ruling.

In addition to Nader, several other third-party candidates are also vying for your vote.The list of parties and their candidates for president and vice president, include:

American Party: Diane Templin and Al Moore
Concerns of People Party: Gene Amondson and Leroy Pletten
Constitution Party: Michael Peroutka and Chuck Baldwin
Green Party: David Cobb and Pat LaMarche
Libertarian Party: Michael Badnarik and Richard Campagna
Prohibition Party: Earl F. Dodge and Howard Lydick
Reform Party: Ralph Nader and Peter M. Camejo
Socialist Party: Walt Brown and Mary Alice Herbert

In addition, there are more than 40 independent and write-in candidates who have thrown their hats into the ring.

For more information on the candidates, click here.

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