The New York Sun has a story discussing the possibility that Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian candidate for president may have an effect on the presidential election. In fact, he may have a bigger impact than Nader as he could pull votes from both the Republican and Democratic candidates, even though he was not included in the Presidential debates.
> Just as in 2000, a third-party candidate could tip the balance in this year’s presidential contest. This time, however, the spoiler may not be Ralph Nader, but a man whose name most voters have never heard.
> The presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party, Michael Badnarik, is on the ballot in 48 states. Mr. Nader, by contrast, is certain to be on the ballot in only 35 states, though he may pick up a few more by Election Day.
In some polled states, he is pulling between 1% to 3% of the votes. Considering how contentious this election will be, that could well be the deciding factor.
Thanks to The Electoral Vote Predictor for the link to the article.