No Labels, a political party searching for a centrist, third-party presidential candidate, announced Friday it has gained ballot access in 13 states.

“No Labels is NOW on the ballot in 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota and Utah,” No Labels announced.

“We are currently active – meaning we have already filed for ballot access or are actively gathering signatures – in 14 others,” it continued.

“This milestone validates what has been clear for a long time, which is that the No Labels message and movement resonates with people across this great state,” said Justin Schair, No Labels Maine State Co-Chair.

“The majority of us in the middle are hungry for a better choice in this next election and for unifying leadership in the White House that can heal our country’s divisions. Getting No Labels on the ballot in Maine brings us a big step closer to making this happen,” he added.

No Labels said “one third of all Maine voters are unaffiliated with either major party.”

From No Labels:

No Labels, a growing movement of commonsense Americans, has successfully won ballot access in Maine. This will enable No Labels to offer its ballot line to a Unity presidential ticket for the 2024 election.

The legal requirement for an organization to get ballot access in Maine is to sign up 5,000 party members. No Labels has been working to reach voters in all 16 of the state’s counties and as of today we have a total of 9,423 No Labels party members. We will continue to add party members through the November 2024 election.

The Gazette reports:

The organization has faced the intensifying ire of other organizations looking to prevent a second former President Donald Trump term, with such groups claiming a No Labels ticket would ensure his victory in 2024.

On a call last month, Democratic organizations Third Way and MoveOn hosted a call with left-leaning groups End Citizens United, the Lincoln Project, American Bridge, Public Citizen, and Reproductive Freedom for All, and some anti-Trump Republicans, including strategists Bill Kristol and Sarah Longwell, who serve as board chairman and executive director of the Republican Accountability Project, respectively. Biden campaign surrogate former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, and a representative for Democratic billionaire Reid Hoffman, Dmitri Mehlhorn, were also on the call.

The phone conference served as a forum for the groups to chart their plan to take down No Labels. Their suggested strategies included suing the organization to publicize its donors, something No Labels has declined to do, collecting damaging information to use against potential staff, donors, and candidates, and issuing a stern warning to donors about supporting the group.

A source familiar with No Label’s plans told the Washington Examiner the call and subsequent efforts by the groups to intimidate them have done nothing to deter their efforts to ultimately offer a president and vice president alternative.

Although No Labels has gained ballot access in 13 states, founder Joe Lieberman is open to scrapping the ‘Unity’ ticket if they can’t find the ideal candidates.

CNBC reports:

No Labels has so far secured ballot access in 12 states for its potential “Unity Ticket,” which would feature a Democrat and a Republican to try to heal partisan fractures in Washington.

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“We’ll only do this if it’s constructive and we can make a real difference in our government and our politics,” Lieberman said Tuesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “And secondly, if we can get top-tier candidates.”

If not, the group would drop the effort, he said.

“We’re going to have to make a tough judgment in a couple of months,” the former U.S. senator from Connecticut added.

No Labels is in the early stages of formalizing its candidate exploration committee, which will aim to nominate candidates in March or April if the group decides to go through with the Unity Ticket.

Names such as Sen. Joe Manchin and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan have been floated as options for the ticket. Eyes have been particularly focused on Manchin due to his announcement that he would not run for his Senate seat again and his separate comments about considering a run for president.

But No Labels has yet to officially nominate candidates, in part because the potential candidates it has contacted did not immediately sign on.

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