- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A new political party will be represented in the Alaska governor race.

The state Division of Elections has approved placing Constitution Party candidate J.R. Myers’ name on the ballot, the Alaska Public Radio Network reported (https://is.gd/CU0BcD).

The party has just over 200 members; since it’s so small, it doesn’t qualify as a political party under state statute.

Both Myers and his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Maria Rensel, each had to turn in signatures to meet the threshold of 3,017 names to qualify. Each collected more than 4,000 signatures to get their names on the ballot.

Rensel said they have no delusions that they will win the November election, which is expected to be a three-way race between incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell, Democrat Byron Mallott and independent candidate Bill Walker.

Rensel said their goal is to get 3 percent of the vote, which would quality them as an official party and get them an automatic spot during the next election cycle.

“I’ve been telling people from the very beginning that we don’t have a snowball’s chance to take the race,” Rensel said. “It’s really about establishing this party.”

The public radio network reports the Constitution Party is politically conservative with a Christian world view. The platform says the party’s goal is to “restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries.”

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