Fifteen, as you'll see in our newly updated Election 2010 database, which now includes the 193 Libertarians arrayed from top to bottom on this year's ballot. Five Libertarian gubernatorial hopefuls join seven Democrats and three Republicans in vying for the state's top job; a few Green Party nominees and you'd have a quite passable choose-'em-up softball game. Other interesting tidbits: Susan Combs may not have a Democratic opponent in the Comptroller's race, but she'll face Libertarian Mary J. Ruwart in the fall. Libertarians filed for all three Court of Criminal Appeals seats on the ballot; the Dems filed for only one. Two State Board of Education seats currently held by Republicans will be contested in the fall only because there are Libertarians running; again, no Democrats filed. Etcetera. Welcome to the show, ladies and gents.

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