"It is an uphill battle for any parties that are on the outside of the established political system," said Midge Potts, who decided to end the US Senate campaign she began over a year ago in her home town of Springfield. "I feel I was successful in raising awareness about several issues that the mainstream politicians often try to gloss over, including global nuclear disarmament, equality for all Americans regardless of sexual orientation, ending the imperialist wars in the Middle East, legalizing cannabis and discontinuing bad trade agreements such as NAFTA. I just hope all the remaining candidates in the race to replace Senator Kit Bond are allowed to fully address the issues important to Missourians in fair inclusive debates."
Nicholas (NIL) Ladendorf said he will still be running for US Representative in Missouri's 7th Congressional district as a write-in candidate. "The silver lining in this may be that without emphasis on my party I can run on the issues instead of running against Glen Beck's war on the word Progressive," said Ladendorf, a cartoonist and stay at home dad who lives in Springfield. "I have been in correspondence with the Secretary of State's office to ensure that voters can write in my initials on the ballot since many are familiar with me as "NIL."