A new poll out this morning by Public Policy Polling shows former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer registering his first significant blip of support in the Granite state. With little more than a week to go before voters head out to vote, it’s doubtful this is the start of any significant surge of interest in the Roemer campaign. Rather, it’s probably a product of the former governor’s aggressive pressing of the flesh in advance of the nation’s first primary.
Unfortunately for Roemer, even if he did score some kind of surprise showing in New Hampshire, he’s not going to be able to do much with it. Having failed to make the ballot in Missouri, Virgina, South Carolina, Florida and other key early states, all signs point to a Roemer exit from the GOP race regardless of his New Hampshire showing. Instead, he appears ready to take his low-budget campaign online, attempting to the Americans Elect nomination and the 50-state ballot access in the November general election that would come along with it.
Roemer has been excluded from every Republican presidential debate to date, based on his poor poll numbers. It remains to be seen if this 3% showing, which ties him with more well known candidates like Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, will change that before January 10.