ANCHORAGE - Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader predicted Tuesday that he would gather enough signatures to appear on the ballot this fall in Alaska, a state where he won just over 10 percent of the vote in the 2000 race.
Nader is working to get his name and that of running mate Peter Camejo placed on the Nov. 2 ballot here. Nader supporters in Alaska need to collect 2,878 valid signatures by Aug. 4 to get official recognition for what's called a "limited" party, which can then nominate Nader for president, giving him access to the ballot, according to the state Division of Elections.
In the 2000 presidential race, Nader and running mate Winona Laduke ran third among Alaska voters, pulling in 10.07 percent of the vote, according to the state Division of Elections Web site. Nationally, they won 2.74 percent of the vote.
Nader attributes his success in Alaska to his ties to the Alaska Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group which was founded with his help, and his campaign trips to the state.
"We have projects up here," Nader told The Associated Press. "After a while support builds up."