8/3/04 10:00 AM EST
Nader Supporters Submit Petitions For Pennsylvania Ballot
This morning, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that "at 4:50 p.m. yesterday, two young volunteers for Ralph Nader's presidential campaign ran into the state elections department lugging several boxes of petitions with about 50,000 signatures aimed at getting Nader on the Pennsylvania presidential ballot in November." Justin McVay, "Nader's Western Pennsylvania coordinator, and Dan Martino, his counterpart for Eastern Pennsylvania, had driven from opposite ends of the state to make it to Harrisburg, just barely beating the 5 p.m. deadline for filing their candidate's petitions." Nader "needs 25,697 valid signatures of registered voters in Pennsylvania to qualify for the presidential ballot on Nov. 2." State Democrats yesterday "vowed to challenge Nader's petitions and will seek to keep him off the November ballot, fearing Nader will siphon anti-Bush voters away from Kerry." State House Democratic leader H. William DeWeese said, "Working with the AFL-CIO, we will do everything humanly possible to fight this supreme egotist, who has lost his way."