September 10, 2012 7:29 AM

In tight presidential race, third party candidates could play spoilers

Note to Mitt Romney and Barack Obama: Don't forget about 2000. That was a year that a third-party candidate made a difference in a presidential election, when Ralph Nader drew nearly 3 million votes and helped tip the race toward then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and away from Democratic Vice President Al Gore.

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