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Nader on the Nevada ballot

AP reports: Ralph Nader has qualified as an independent presidential candidate in Nevada, with election officials determining his supporters turned in 8,681 valid petition signatures. He needed at least 5,000 signatures.

Secretary of State Dean Heller said Wednesday Nader needed a minimum of 5,000 signatures to gain ballot access in Nevada. His backers turned in 11,888 names in Washoe and Clark counties - Nevada's largest - but more than 3,000 were rejected as invalid.

Nader now must pay a $250 filing fee and complete a declaration of candidacy by Aug. 13. Heller said there's an Aug. 24 deadline for any challenges to his candidacy. Those challenges have to be filed in Carson City District Court. ...

Republican political consultant Steve Wark has said he helped to raise money for Nader to qualify, and did so solely to help President Bush's re-election campaign. -- Nader qualifies for Nevada ballot (AP via Las Vegas SUN)