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Independent Nader and Libertarian Clark gain ballot spots in W.Va.

AP reports: Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader's name will appear on West Virginia's general election ballot in November, the secretary of state's office said Tuesday.

An incomplete review of Nader's petitions shows his campaign gathered 15,302 valid signatures, exceeding the 12,962 he needed, said Cindy Smith, team leader of the secretary of state's election division.

Nader's campaign submitted petitions bearing 23,000 signatures last month.

Libertarian presidential candidate Ed Clark also will appear on the ballot, Smith said. That review showed Clark had 13,712 valid signatures.

The announcement of Nader's place on the ballot came a day after a Charleston lawyer sued Secretary of State Joe Manchin, alleging he failed to investigate how Nader's campaign obtained the signatures, or failed to refer the matter to Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office for an investigation. -- Nader gains spot on W.Va. ballot (AP via Charleston Gazette)