Roemer passed up by Colbert in Americans Elect draft
Mock conservative commentator Stephen Colbert on Thursday afternoon passed up Buddy Roemer—the former congressman, governor of Louisiana and bona fide presidential candidate—as the sixth-most popular "draft candidate" of Americans Elect, The Times-Picayune reports. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization is hoping to place a presidential candidate, chosen by its online electorate, on the ballot in all 50 states in the fall. But Colbert's rise— and the anemic participation to date in drafting a candidate—raises the question of just how seriously one can take Americans Elect. With tens of millions of dollars in donations from mostly unidentified backers, the organization promises it will gain ballot access in every state for a cross-partisan ticket. But so far, the "draft candidate" with far and away the most support is Rep. Ron Paul, a Republican candidate for president who has indicated he doesn't plan on going the third-party route. Paul has a little over 2,000 supporters, still far short of the 5,000 supporters in each of 10 different states needed to qualify for the Americans Elect competition (though, the rules allow that "candidates with a similar level of experience as past presidents need only 1,000 supporters in each of 10 different states"). Read the full story here, and check out the Americans Elect website for the full standings here.
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