From the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (read the full thing here):
A week ago, five third-party candidates seeking statewide office appeared to have enough signatures to make it on this fall’s ballot.
But legal challenges to their petitions forced them all to abandon their bids.
There were no challenges to the petitions filed by three Luzerne County Libertarian candidates seeking state office and their names will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. The candidates, Tim Mullen, of Kingston Township, is seeking the state’s 120th House District seat; Betsy Summers, of Wilkes-Barre, a Senate candidate for the 14th District; and Brian Bergman, of Hanover Township, is seeking the state representative’s seat in the 119th District.
Lou Jasikoff, the chairman of the Libertarian Party’s Northeast Pennsylvania region, said “if it’s even possible,” all three are more motivated now.
None of the three local third-party candidates were challenged, but Jasikoff said that what happened at the state level sent out the warning that the established two-party system still pulls the strings in Harrisburg.
“This was economic intimidation,” said Jasikoff, of Factoryville. “And people are just fed up with it. It’s just one thing after the other” that makes things difficult for third party candidates to get a fair shake in Pennsylvania, especially for offices such as governor and U.S. Senate.