Buddy Roemer seems like the closest thing to a front-runner in the Americans Elect race, as he’s attracted by-far the most support of any declared candidate for the AE nomination. Yet, because of the rules currently in place, he still may not qualify for the next round of voting in the organization’s online caucus.
Roemer’s campaign, now flush with $185,000 in public matching funds, is working on an all-out effort to register at least 1,000 supporters in each of at least 10 states over the next 27 days. Thus far, only about 3,000 people in total have signed-up to back the former Louisiana governor in his quest for a spot on all 50 state ballots. What’s worse is that in Roemer’s very best state, California, he’s only about 30% of the way to the required threshold. Other states in his current top 10 include Florida (140 supporters) and Ohio (104 supporters).
With the recent signs of trouble coming from the non-profit organization, it’s unclear how the process would move forward if no candidate managed to secure the required support. Would Americans Elect cease to exist? Would their millions in ballot access spending go totally to waste?