Clinton and Bush had their Perot. Bush and Gore had their Nader. But the hope of finding a major third party candidate to run in the 2012 election has already fizzled out, as “Americans Elect” admits that they just can’t get anyone into this November’s race.
Americans Elect, a nonpartisan group that was hoping to convince voters to toss away party ID and instead vote for an independent candidate that belongs to neither the left nor the right, has managed to get candidate slot on the ballot for numerous states. But when it comes to finding a candidate that the majority of their group is willing to support, well, that’s a lot more difficult.
According to the Washington Post, “The group announced late Monday that no candidate has attained the level of support he or she would need to even be considered at the group’s online convention next month, and the deadline for candidates to qualify has passed. That leaves the group with ballot access in more than half the states — including many swing states — but no candidate to actually put on the ballot.”
So far, the candidate with the most support is former Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer, an ironic notion considering how little support he ever received in the actual GOP primary. An attempt to generate support for Independent Senator Joe Lieberman was unsuccessful.
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