Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Greens Could Lose Status.

Byline: Diana Heil Journal Staff Writer

Nader May Not Have 5 Percent

Though Life Magazine declared Ralph Nader one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, Green Party campaigner Carol Miller realized 1 1/2 months before the 2000 presidential election that few New Mexicans outside of Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque had heard of the guy.

"I thought if we could have gotten the word out, he could have won in New Mexico," Miller said Wednesday.

The Greens' New Mexico campaign, which refused corporate sponsorship, couldn't afford the price of sending political mailings to the state's residents about the consumer advocate-turned-candidate. And as the only candidate who made agricultural policy part of his platform, he would have appealed to rural New Mexicans, Miller said.

Roughly 4 percent of New Mexico voters supported Nader and his running mate, Winona LaDuke, in Tuesday's election against Republican George W. …

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