The deadline for a candidate to secure the support required in order to move forward in the Americans Elect nominating process has now passed, with no candidate coming even close to the required threshold. Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer made a frantic last minute push, but fell far short of his goal.
Under Americans Elect rules, this should be the end of the line. However, it seems that the organization will attempt to field a ticket of some sort and will make a major announcement later this week as to the future of the AE process. Some have speculated that this will involve rolling out a simpler national online primary that would feature a handful of qualified candidates chosen by the board. Others think the organization may just nominate one of their own, former Comptroller David Walker.
The following is an official statement by Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd:
Over the past two years, Americans Elect has focused on achieving three clear goals:
* Gaining nationwide ballot access for a third presidential ticket to compete in the 2012 race;
* Holding the first ever nonpartisan secure national online primary at AmericansElect.org; and
* Fielding a credible, balanced, unaffiliated ticket for the 2012 presidential race.
Through the efforts of thousands of staffers, volunteers, and leadership, Americans Elect has achieved every stated operational goal. Despite these efforts, as of today, no candidate has reached the national support threshold required to enter the “Americans Elect Online Convention” this June. (Read a detailed summary of the AE process here and the full rules here.)
Because of this, under the rules that AE delegates ratified, the primary process would end today. There is, however, an almost universal desire among delegates, leadership and millions of Americans who have supported AE to see a credible candidate emerge from this process.
Every step of the way, AE has conferred with its community before making major decisions. We will do the same this week before determining next steps for the immediate future. AE will announce the results of these conversations on Thursday, May 17.
As always, we thank everyone who has participated in this effort and will honor the work, efforts and trust so many people have placed in Americans Elect.