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US Election Updates - October 24, 2012

Third-party candidates take part in sole debate

Third-party presidential candidates held their own debate on Tuesday night, chaired by television host Larry King.

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, is the best known of the 25 presidential candidates on the November 6 ballot.

Johnson, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party shared a stage in Chicago to discuss issues including national security, government spending and drugs laws.

The third-party candidates barely figure in the final count on polling day.

However, in a contest where a narrow margin in the battleground states could determine the outcome, President Obama or his Republican rival Mitt Romney could be dealt a severe blow.

Two of the last five elections have featured significant contributions from a third candidate.

In 1992, millionaire Ross Perot helped Bill Clinton win the race to the White House against incumbent George H.W. Bush with only 43 percent of the popular vote.

Eight years later, Ralph Nader took crucial votes away from Al Gore in Florida.

Public Policy Polling (PPP) has surveyed the potential impact the other candidates could have in the swing states.

In Virginia, in a two-man race, Obama is up three percentage points but with the addition of Johnson, Goode and Stein, the incumbent’s lead increases to four percentage points.

In Colorado, the inclusion of Johnson extends Obama's lead from three to five points in the poll.