Progressive Conservative: 87 out of 87
New Democratic Party: 87 out of 87
Wildrose Party: 86 out of 87
Liberal Party: 56 out of 87
Green Party: 24 out of 87
While the Liberals have fallen far short of a full slate, the good news for them is that they have candidates in almost every riding they'd even have close to a shot in, with one glaring exception - Edmonton-McClung, despite the riding's strong Liberal base (last held from '04-'08, 25% in 2012), has no ALP candidate for this election.
The Wildrosers, meanwhile, only lack a candidate in Edmonton-Strathcona, NDP leader Rachel Notley's seat, though supposedly they had one there that messed up the forms. The Alberta Party and Green Party nominated the same number of candidates they had in 2012.
So, in the end, does any of this matter? Well, let's take the most obvious example I can see: West Yellowhead. This rural central Alberta riding, currently represented by Finance Minister Robin Campbell who only scored 44% or 4,405 votes in 2012, has no Alberta Party or Liberal candidates, who together accounted for just under 2,500 votes in 2012. Where will those 2,500 voters go? To the Wildrose candidate who will charge ahead against the Finance Minister, or to the NDP candidate who will try and make a play for the "progressive" vote? Maybe back to the PCs or the non-voters?
Or how about the previously mentioned Edmonton-McClung, where 3,800 voters need to find a new candidate to back against the controversial David Xiao, or Medicine Hat where 1,100 former Liberal voters could become crucial to the survival or defeat of former Wildroser Blake Pedersen.
"Orphaned voters," particularly of the Liberal variety in this election, could become major players in particular ridings, especially if the fight stretches out to rural Alberta. It could make an already fluid electorate even more so, because who knows where these people will go.