i told her i had no idea. but i went to wikipedia and this is what i found:
|Presidential ticket||Party||Ballot access||Votes|
|Obama / Biden||Democratic||50+DC||69,456,897|
|McCain / Palin||Republican||50+DC||59,934,814|
|Nader / Gonzalez||Independent||45+DC||736,804|
|Barr / Root||Libertarian||45||524,524|
|Baldwin / Castle||Constitution||37||199,314|
|McKinney / Clemente||Green||32||161,195|
No other candidate had ballot access in enough states to win 270 electoral votes. All six candidates appeared on the ballot for a majority of the voters, while the 17 other listed candidates were available to no more than 30% of the voters.
The following nine candidates (and/or parties) had ballot listing and/or write-in status in more than one state:
- Alan Keyes (America's Independent Party) received 47,768 votes; listed in three states: Colorado and Florida, plus California (listed as American Independent), and also had write-in status in Kentucky, Ohio, Texas, and Utah.
- Ron Paul received 41,905 votes; listed in Louisiana (Louisiana Taxpayers) and in Montana (Constitution), with write-in status in California.
- Róger Calero (Socialist Workers Party) received 7,561 votes; listed in ten states. He was listed by name in Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. James Harris was listed as his stand-in in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, and Washington, and also had write-in status in California.
- Brian Moore (Socialist Party, see Brian Moore presidential campaign, 2008) received 6,566 votes; listed in eight states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and Tennessee (independent) and Vermont (Liberty Union). He also filed for write-in status in 17 other states: Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.
- Gloria La Riva (Party for Socialism and Liberation) received 6,808 votes nationally; listed in 12 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
- Charles Jay (Boston Tea Party) received 2,420 votes; listed in Colorado and Florida, and in Tennessee (as independent), with write-in status in Arizona, Montana, and Utah.
- Tom Stevens (Objectivist) received 755 votes; listed in Colorado and Florida.
- Gene Amondson (Prohibition) received 653 votes; listed in Colorado, Florida, and Louisiana.
- Jonathan Allen (HeartQuake) received 483 votes; listed only in Colorado, with write-in status in Arizona, Georgia, Montana, Texas, and other states.
The following candidates (parties) were listed on ballot in only one state:
- Richard Duncan (Independent) - Ohio; 3,902 votes.
- John Joseph Polachek (New Party) Illinois; 1,149 votes.
- Frank McEnulty (New American Independent) - Colorado (listed as unaffiliated); 828 votes.
- Jeffrey Wamboldt (We the People) - Wisconsin; 764 votes.
- Jeffrey Boss (Vote Here Party) - New Jersey; 639 votes.
- George Phillies - New Hampshire (also listed with the label Libertarian); 522 votes.
- Ted Weill (Reform) - Mississippi; 481 votes.
- Bradford Lyttle (U.S. Pacifist) - Colorado; 110 votes.
In Nevada, 6,251 votes were cast for "None Of These Candidates". In the three states that officially keep track of "blank" votes for President, 103,193 votes were recorded as "blank". More than 100,000 write-in votes were cast and recorded for a scattering of other candidates, including 62 votes for "Santa Claus" (in ten states) and 11 votes for "Mickey Mouse"(in five states).
According to the Federal Election Commission, an unusually high number of "miscellaneous" write-ins were cast for president in 2008, including 112,554 tallied in the 17 states that record votes for non-listed candidates. There were more presidential candidates on the ballot than at any other time in U. S. history, except for the 1992 election, which also had 23 candidates listed in at least one state.
so i'm guessing the reason we didn't cover white and bill van auken's ticket is that they weren't on a ballot in any state.
i hope they make ballots this go round.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:"