The Americans Elect and Constitutional Party are now able to field candidates for statewide office in SD.
Gant said his approval of their petitions allows candidates for federal, state, legislative and county offices to run as recognized members of either the Americans Elect Party or the Constitution Party of South Dakota in 2012 and 2014.
?The Americans Elect Party?s petition contained roughly 15,500 signatures while the Constitution Party?s petition contained about 8,875, and 7,928 signatures are required by law to organize a new political party in South Dakota,? Gant said…
You have to be amused with people who will work this hard to collect that many signatures for a cause that is not likely to succeed – unless their entire intent is to play spoiler. And I’ve often wondered if that is enough for third party tickets. I can’t forget Kurt Evans’ Libertarian run for US Senate in 2002 that took needed votes away from John Thune when he ran against Tim Johnson. Evans received over 3,000 votes in a race Thune lost by 524 votes. Or how about B. Thomas Marking from 2010 siphoning off nearly 6% of all votes cast. Despite varying opinions on which candidate Marking hurt the most, I’ve always held the belief that he likely did more damage to Herseth Sandlin than Noem.
So who are the cream of crop candidates that make up the front runners for these party nominations? Will it be disenfranchised Tea Partiers or Ron Paul supporters? Maybe a disilusioned liberal for Americans Elect?