A Weak Week in Votes and Tweets for Americans Elect
As AE Transparency notes, another week has passed during which the Americans Elect presidential contenders have failed to attract enough supporters to qualify for the May 8 Americans Elect presidential primary ballot — the nation’s first-ever privatized all-online presidential nomination vote. Americans Elect set a fairly low standard for political insiders to gain ballot access — just 1,000 votes of support in each of 10 states. Despite coverage by all major TV news networks and newspapers, Americans Elect failed to attract people in significant numbers, and so made its low standard easier to meet by adding months to its deadlines. But despite a low bar and an elastic deadline, even the most popular declared Americans Elect candidate, Buddy Roemer, just isn’t that popular. This morning, after months of effort to attract supporters, Roemer has obtained just 15.9% of the number of votes he needs to get on the May 8 Americans Elect primary ballot. No other declared candidate comes close to even Roemer’s low level of support.
If there’s going to be some last-minute come-from-behind rally, it will have to happen even more quickly than the May 8 primary date suggests. That’s because, according to the official Americans Elect Rules, candidates must reach the 1,000-votes-in-each-of-10-states threshold 7 days before a primary ballot. That’s May 1st, just 16 days away.
Is there any sign of an overwhelming wave of grassroots movement to Americans Elect? Because Americans Elect is an all-online affair, we should be able to spot such a wave over at the social network Twitter, where online trendsters signal their moves. The following statistics describe Twitter posts featuring the name “Americans Elect” or the hashtag #AmericansElect over the past week, from April 8 to April 14 2012:
Total # of “Americans Elect” or #AmericansElect Tweets from 4/8 – 4/14: 351, posted from 235 unique Twitter accounts
Tweets expressing positive a sentiment toward Americans Elect: 111
Tweets expressing neutral a sentiment: 120
Tweets expressing negative a sentiment: 120
Tweets mentioning particular presidential candidates:
Buddy Roemer: 48
Ron Paul: 39
Mitt Romney: 26
Barack Obama: 14
Jill Stein: 11
Rocky Anderson: 9
Michealene Risley: 6
David Walker: 7
Mitch Daniels: 1
Tom Golisano: 1
Gary Johnson: 1
In comparison, there were 191314 tweets about Barack Obama, 89464 tweets about Mitt Romney, and 8622 tweets about Snooki during the same period of time.
There’s no tidal wave of support coming to sweep any of these candidates onto the May 8 ballot. The vote counts and the Twitter record show nary a ripple. Unless Americans Elect changes the rules in the middle of its ballot-access vote, it looks like it will have nobody at all on its May 8 primary ballot.