(AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer’s foundering bid to run for president as an independent candidate has taken another significant hit.
Roemer had hoped to get the nomination of Americans Elect, a nonpartisan group pushing for a third-party candidate. But Americans Elect shut down its efforts Thursday, saying no candidate met the benchmarks for its nomination process.
“As of this week, no candidate achieved the national support threshold required to enter the Americans Elect Online Convention in June. The primary process for the Americans Elect nomination has come to an end,” the organization announced on its website.
Roemer issued a statement Friday saying he was disappointed that Americans Elect discontinued its nomination process. But Roemer wouldn’t say if he was done with his White House bid.
“I am taking the next few days to review with supporters how best to proceed from here,” he said. “A political system corrupted by special interest money and a party duopoly addicted to that same money demands reform. We aim to figure out the best way to deliver the message and highlight examples which best prove this point.”
The former governor and former congressman previously had sought to become a GOP nominee, but never polled above single digits and wasn’t allowed to participate in debates. Pundits and pollsters have largely ignored him. He has raised less than $1 million for the race, according to the most recent campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission.