Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer’s long-shot bid for the White House came to an ignominious end Thursday night when Americans Elect announced it was throwing in the proverbial towel.
Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer’s long-shot bid for the White House came to an ignominious end Thursday night when Americans Elect, the bipartisan group that hoped to field a serious third-party candidate on ballots in all 50 states this fall, announced it was throwing in the proverbial towel.
Americans Elect tried — and failed spectacularly — to mount a decidedly 21st century campaign: use an on-line nominating process in which contenders for the ticket would be nominated based on clicks. Roemer fared the best among the field of declared candidates, garnering nearly 6,300 clicks. Unfortunately that’s 3,700 short of the 10,000 threshold the group required for nominating a presidential candidate.
Roemer initially tried to run as a Republican but failed to get any traction with the party. His central message — that the huge sums of corporate and millionaire money flowing into the electoral process has a corrupting influence on American politics — never seemed to resonate with a party built on huge sums of corporate and millionaire money. He was unable to generate enough support within the GOP to participate in any of the debates hosted over the last several months and turned to Americans Elect early this spring.
Backed by some big-money donors, virtually all of whom were anonymous, AE hoped to offer a centrist alternative to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But, despite polls suggesting Americans are hungry for an alternative to the Democratic and Republican parties, Americans Elect failed to ignite sufficient interest. “As of this week, no candidate achieved the national support threshold required to enter the Americans Elect online convention in June,” the group announced in a statement released Thursday night. “The primary process for the Americans Elect nomination has come to an end.”
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
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The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
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The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority voted Tuesday to authorize two lawsuits against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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Vitter told The Associated Press that he is sending an email to supporters Wednesday and is in discussions with his family about the possibility.
The Ragin' Cajuns go for New Orleans Bowl three-peat, this time against the Tulane Green Wave, which is making its first postseason appearance since the Hawaii Bowl in 2002.
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