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Nader off the New Mexico ballot again

AP reports: A judge Monday blocked Ralph Nader from appearing on New Mexico's ballot in a legal and political tug-of-war that has kept the candidate's status in limbo for days.

State District Judge Theresa Baca ruled that Nader does not qualify as an independent candidate in New Mexico because he is running as the nominee for minor parties in other states.

"He is not without party affiliation," Baca said.

The judge did not rule on another point of contention in the lawsuit filed by state Democrats -- whether Nader's nominating petitions had enough valid signatures of registered voters. -- On Again, Off Again: New Judge Blocks Nader From N.M. Ballot (AP via ABQjournal.com)

Judge York recused herself after a ruling barring Nader, and Judge entered pretty much the same order.