Americans Elect deadline passes without a candidate
No candidate qualified by Monday's midnight deadline to compete in Americans Elect's online balloting to find an independent candidate for president, The Times-Picayune reports. But, if at the stroke of midnight it appeared that the group's attractive $9 million platform for nominating a presidential candidate had turned back into a very expensive pumpkin, a statement by CEO Kahlil Byrd at 12:01 a.m. suggests the organization has not entirely given up hope of finding a nominee who would fit its glass slipper and prove "a credible candidate" to carry the Americans Elect banner this fall. In the statement, Byrd says the group will mull their options before announcing what steps will be taken, if any, on Thursday. There is "almost universal desire among delegates, leadership and millions of Americans who have supported AE to see a credible candidate emerge from this process," the statement reads. Under the organization's rules, in order to compete in the preconvention caucus votes, a candidate like former Gov. Buddy Roemer, with experience akin to what other presidential candidates possess, would have to register the support of 1,000 Americans Elect delegates in each of 10 states. A less ostensibly qualified candidate would need at least 5,000 support clicks from each of 10 states. When the deadline arrived, Roemer was the top declared candidate, with just under 6,000 clicks of support, but nowhere near 1,000 in any state. A request for comment sent to Roemer's campaign staff on what the former governor's next steps would be went unreturned as of this morning's deadline.
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