Friday, March 16, 2007
Roughly 11 candidates to be on ballot
Today is the last day for presidential candidates to hand in 500 signatures of elected officials to the Constitutional Council in order to be on the ballot. The latest news from Le Monde says that a total of 11 candidates have declared that they have at least met the minimum, although the fate of anti-globalist and McDonalds destroyer José Bové remains uncertain.
Regardless, this still falls short of 2002, when 16 candidates managed to make it into the first round. It may however reflect the more concentrated nature of this campaign, with roughly 3/4 of the vote split between Sarkozy, Royal, and Bayrou, and an additional 13-odd % for Le Pen. This has left very little for the fringe candidates, reflected especially in their low poll numbers.
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