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Group wants non-partisan candidate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Americans Elect, a group that hopes to run a centrist ticket in next year's U.S. presidential race, has obtained minor party status in Colorado.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Tuesday the group's petition had 12,191 valid signatures, well over the 10,000 needed to qualify, The Denver Post reported.

Americans Elect hopes to get on the ballot in all 50 states and says it has qualified in 10 states so far, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported. Organizers plan to hold an online convention in the spring.

The group says it hopes to provide an alternative to polarized politics. All candidates seeking its presidential nomination would be required to choose a running mate from a different party.

"The ticket that comes out of it can be a Democrat with a Republican, a Republican with an independent, an independent with a Democrat, but not two Rs or two Ds," Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman said Tuesday at a meeting with the Tennessean editorial board.

Polls suggest a credible third-party candidate would help President Barack Obama win a second term, the report said.

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