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Third party candidates abound

Presidential race more than just Democrats, Republicans

August 14, 2012
Although almost everyone is by now aware who the two major parties are fielding in this year's presidential contest – Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney – few know there are at least a dozen other candidates depending on which state you live in.

Many do not have ballot access in all states – most have it in very few – but they express a wide spectrum of views seeking some notice by voters.

According to Internet sources, the only two who will be on the ballot in enough states to theoretically amass the 270 electoral votes needed to win are the Green Party's Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson; the online Americans Elect project got similar ballot access, but did not field a candidate. Five others could get at least 50 electoral votes – Constitution Party's Virgil Goode, Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, Roseanne Barr of the Peace and Freedom Party, America's Party candidate Thomas Hoefling, and the Socialism & Liberation Party's Peta Lindsay. Six others are on fewer ballots than that – candidates representing the Reform, Socialist Workers, Socialist Party USA, Objectivist, American Third Position and Grassroots parties. There are also numerous non-party candidates appearing on some ballots.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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