3 candidates remain on presidential ballot in state

KINGMAN – The news of Ralph Nader's withdrawal from the Arizona presidential ballot after a challenge from Democrats leaves three presidential candidates on Arizona's general election ballot.

Secretary of State's representative Joe Kanefield said on Friday that the Republican and Democrat parties will each have a candidate on the November ballot, along with the Libertarian Party's Michael Badnarik.

George W.

Bush and John F.

Kerry will be added to the ballot after they receive their parties' nominations in conventions this summer.

Nader, who withdrew his petition for ballot access after legal challenges from Democrats revealed he didn't have enough legal signatures for inclusion on the ballot, planned to run in Arizona as an independent candidate.

Nader has been endorsed by the Reform Party, which has ballot access in seven states, including the battlegrounds of Florida and Michigan.

He could still mount a write-in candidacy in Arizona.

This would require him to file for write-in candidacy with the Secretary of State, which would require county registrars to count his votes.

On Friday, Nader's Arizona campaign coordinator Cheryl Rohrick said the campaign will "look into" a write-in campaign.

"We will continue with our campaign here in the meantime trying to make sure Nader gets visibility and our voices are heard."