With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, the scope of the Nader Factor is still unclear. But Ralph Nader's potential to impact the race in a critical battleground state took a serious hit on Wednesday when a Pennsylvania court tossed Naderfrom the ballot there, citing his ballot petitions as "rife with forgeries." Found on his petitions were the signatures of "Mickey Mouse" and "Fred Flintstone." It's unclear whether Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny signed on, or if they might be found in Ohio, where just a day earlier, a federal judge refused to put Nader on the ballot also citing fraud by signature collectors. Nader still may become a factor in Ohio -- the state Supreme Court will hear his challenge.
Ballot Access News has the tally on where Nader will appear on the ballot. So far, he's confirmed in 35 states, with the potential to appear on 40 ballots.
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.