President Bush's lead in the polls may be shrinking, but another obstacle to John Kerry's chances of winning the White House is not: Ralph Nader. The erstwhile champion of consumer rights turned festering thorn in the Democrats' side has managed to get on the ballot as a third-party candidate in 37 states, including Florida, where he won more than 97,000 votes in 2000. Bitter Democrats complain that if the far-left Nader hadn't run that year, Al Gore, who lost by just 537 votes in Florida, would be President today.

Fearing another Nader nightmare in 2004, Democrats have mounted court challenges to...

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