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In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 photo, Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode Jr., right, talks to barber shop owner Alvin Womack, center, and Terry Womack while campaigning in Lynchburg, Va. Third-party candidates Virgil Goode and Gary Johnson barely register in state-by-state polls - when survey takers bother to list them as options. Yet in a race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney that is likely to be won or lost at the margins, even blips can be a big deal.

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Tiny presence, unknown impact for 3rd parties

Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. They have little money, aren't on stage for presidential debates and barely register in the polls — when survey takers even bother to list them as options.

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