Candidates often ignore people perceived as minor candidates because to mention them can give them credibility.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign manager issued a news release after a recent bit of good economic news and mentioned four candidates, two or three of whom would have to be considered minor ones: "Minnesota's job growth has gone from lukewarm to red hot. If Peter Hutchinson, Mike Hatch, Ken Pentel or Becky Lourey had been governor the last four years, their tax-more, spend-more policies would have stunted job growth across Minnesota," Michael Krueger said.
Hutchinson belongs to the Independence Party, Hatch is the DFL endorsed candidate, Pentel is a Green Party member and Lourey is challenging Hatch in the DFL primary.