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Nader loses in 5th Circuit over Texas ballot access; also loses in Idaho

AP reports: A federal appeals court yesterday rejected independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader's attempt to force his way onto the Texas ballot in the November election.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied Nader's bid, ruling that Texas' tough ballot-access requirements for independents are constitutional.

The state ballot without Nader has already been certified and sent to all 254 Texas counties.

Meanwhile, Nader supporters in Idaho lost their bid yesterday to win the longtime consumer advocate a spot on that state's general election ballot. -- 5th Circuit backs Texas, denies Nader ballot access (AP via FirstAmendmentCenter.org)