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Nader fails on petitions in California, will try to woo state's Greens to nominate him

AP reports: Ralph Nader's presidential campaign said Saturday that it will keep trying to get the consumer activist's name before California voters in November, though he failed to gather enough signatures to make the ballot as an independent.

State election officials said Nader fell far short of the 153,035 signatures needed by Friday's deadline. He submitted 82,923 with 56 of the state's 58 counties reporting, said Lauren Hersh, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office.

Nader's campaign coordinator in California, Forrest Hill, said he thought the final tally was "closer to 100,000." ...

Hill said the campaign was trying to persuade Green Party members in California to dump David Cobb, a Eureka lawyer, as their presidential nominee and substitute Nader, who was the Green Party presidential candidate in 2000. But Hill conceded that effort was a long shot. -- Nader to try end run around failure to qualify (AP via ContraCostaTimes.com)