Americans Elect, the privatized presidential nominating corporation, has made a point of giving Buddy Roemer favor since it started tracking presidential contenders two months ago. Roemer got the official “Top National Match” spot with prominent mention and an extra-large glowing graphic shortly after Roemer made an appearance at an Americans Elect event and shortly before he announced he’d run in the Americans Elect corporate system. This sort of prominent placement is the tactic Barnes and Noble uses to sell certain books after getting a payoff from publishers.
But despite its action to prominently place Roemer, Buddy Roemer hasn’t been popular with the actual people who visit Americans Elect and are asked to track him. As of today, fewer than 2 thousand people have done so, making him the 4th most tracked presidential contender. Coincidentally, Americans Elect has decided to list and give preferential placement to its 4 most tracked contenders on its Candidates web page:
But even that hasn’t been able to boost Buddy Roemer’s tracking numbers appreciably. In recent weeks, Senator Bernie Sanders, who isn’t getting that special promotion, has been gaining on Roemer nevertheless, narrowing a lead of 500 to (as of this morning) just a lead of 50.
Unless something changes, within just a few days Bernie Sanders‘ profile will be followed by more people than are following Buddy Roemer. Watch and see what happens then. Will Americans Elect knock Buddy Roemer off its list and give Bernie Sanders the favored treatment Roemer has had for so long? Will it change the standard of promoting contenders, perhaps coming up with a top 5 list? Or will it continue to call Roemer one of its top 4? Wait and see. You won’t have to wait for long.