TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Ralph Nader is trying to secure a spot on the ballot in Kansas as an independent presidential candidate.
Nader's campaign submitted petitions containing more than 10,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office Monday. It needs the signatures of 5,000 registered voters.
Kansas is the 22nd state in which Nader's campaign has submitted papers since he began running in February. The consumer advocate hopes to be on the ballot in 45 states.
John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee, and Barack Obama, the expected Democratic nominee, won't secure their spots until after their parties' national conventions.
Libertarian Bob Barr and Reform Party candidate Chuck Baldwin already have a place on the Kansas ballot.
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