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Nader Vows to Get on Virginia Ballot

Tim Craig

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will appear in Richmond Saturday for a low-dollar fundraiser and rally at the Virginia Holocaust Museum.

Nader plans to speak about progressive issues, including ending the war in Iraq, funding a public works jobs program and cracking down on what he calls "corporate welfare."

With the contest between Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama shaping up as a potential nailbiter in Virginia this year, Nader could become a factor - if he can get on Virginia's ballot.

During the 2000 presidential contest, Nader got 2.2 percent of the vote in Virginia, about 59,000 votes that could have conceivablly gone to former Vice-President Al Gore (D). But in 2004, the State Board of Elections kept Nader off the ballot because it said he failed to gather enough signatures from qualified voters, which his campaign denied.

At the time, former governor Mark R. Warner (D) oversaw the elections board. Republican Jerry W. Kilgore, who was attorney general at the time, supported Nader's efforts to get on the ballot.

Chris Driscoll, Nader's media director, said the campaign plans to secure a spot on Virginia's ballot this year.

"We are actively petitioning in Virginia, " Driscoll said. "We are determined to get on the ballot in Virginia this time around."

By Tim Craig  |  July 10, 2008; 1:48 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , John McCain , Tim Craig  
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