The Green Party says it fared well during last week’s election. The Greens ran 541 candidates for office, mostly at the state or local level. That’s double the number from 2000, according to Dean Myerson, the party’s national political coordinator. Sixty-seven candidates were elected; overall, 171 Greens now sit in office across the country. Another milestone: Maine now boasts the only Green sitting in a state legislature. Myerson attributed the gains to the party’s expanding membership and its leftist perspective on the war on terrorism and corporate scandals. He said, “People look at the election as a bad election for progressives, but it was actually just a bad election for Democrats.”

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