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(Columnist Kathleen Parker is in vacation, In her absence, Ruth Marcus, a columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group, is featured today.) WASHINGTON -- For all the roller-coaster tumultuousness of the primary season, the general election promises another strange jolt: the likely presence on the ballot in all 50 states of a third-party nominee -- identity, and ideology, to be determined. This political wild card for the Internet age is Americans Elect, which just secured a spot in California, meaning it has now qualified for the ballot in 13 states and collected signatures in the 17 others that allow signature-gathering the year before the election. With a war chest of $22 million so far, the group aims to leapfrog the logistical and ideological barriers that limit voters' choices and drive candidates to extremes.