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Fictional Character Leaps Past Buddy Roemer in Low-Turnout Americans Elect Candidate Qualification Vote

“Let it be recorded that at 3:05 p.m. ET on February 16, mock conservative commentator Stephen Colbert passed Buddy Roemer, the former congressman, governor of Louisiana and bona fide presidential candidate, as the sixth most popular ‘draft candidate’ of Americans Elect.” — Jonathan Tilove, New Orleans Times-Picayune

It’s bad news for a politician when he is outpolled by an entity that exists only as satire. But neither Colbert nor Roemer is in a strong position in the Americans Elect presidential draft.

Stephen Colbert, being a political outsider, must under the Americans Elect rules obtain 5,000 votes supporting his candidacy in each of 10 states in order to get on the ballot.

Colbert’s current vote count in his top 10 states:

CALIFORNIA: 43
FLORIDA: 21
OHIO: 21
TEXAS: 21
NEW YORK: 20
WASHINGTON: 16
ILLINOIS: 15
NORTH CAROLINA: 15
INDIANA: 13
MASSACHUSETTS: 13

Buddy Roemer, being a political insider, has to get fewer votes of support to qualify for the Americans Elect ballot. (You’ll have to ask Americans Elect why insiderism is so important.) Roemer needs just 1,000 votes of support in each of 10 states. But as his vote total to date reveals, he’s not close to reaching his goal either.

Roemer’s current vote count in each of his top 10 states:

NEW YORK: 31
CALIFORNIA: 28
FLORIDA: 24
LOUISIANA: 20
PENNSYLVANIA: 16
MASSACHUSETTS: 15
OHIO: 15
TEXAS: 15
NEW JERSEY: 13
MARYLAND: 12

These counts aren’t occurring hours into the voting process. They’re the vote counts more than two weeks into the voting process. At this rate, Stephen Colbert and Buddy Roemer will qualify for the 2012 Americans Elect presidential ballot some time between Inauguration Day 2013 and Election Day 2016…

… and they’re among the ten Americans Elect draft candidates getting the most votes. An electoral tsunami this is not.

3 comments to Fictional Character Leaps Past Buddy Roemer in Low-Turnout Americans Elect Candidate Qualification Vote

  • Paulie

    I’d like to see how many votes Colbert gets if and when he goes on the air and asks people to go to Americans Elect and draft him….especially if he talks about it every day for a few weeks.

    My hunch is that he may do that if and when Bloomberg, Trump, or whoever buys a bunch of ads (and/or gets a bunch of national media interviews) asking people to do that for his or her candidacy.

    • Jim

      Read Thomas Friedman, Americans Elect confidante, in the New York Times today for a hint about who the selectee may be: billionaire Pete Peterson’s employee David Walker.

  • Brad M.

    It is going to get ugly when Colbert and Stewart fight over who gets top billing on the AE ticket.

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