FEC Deadlines & Possible 3rd Party RunSubmitted by Silence Dogood IX on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 13:44
To everyone hoping and praying that Ron might announce a 3rd party or independent run... as much as I would love that too, I doubt it's happening. Why you ask? It's because there are deadlines.
And here are those deadline:
Now is it possible for the Libertarian party (or another 3rd party) to have Gary Johnson step aside for Dr. Paul... I don't know what the rules are on that. Some states have sore loser laws, so even if Dr. Paul did switch to another party, he would be ineligible to be on the ballot because he lost in a primary election.
Sore Loser Laws: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sore-loser_law
UPDATE: 9/3/2012 1:00 AM
Thanks to the input of others, only Michigan (maybe 1 or 2 other) states have Sore Loser Laws that apply to presidential elections so far as I can tell.
Yes, an Independent run is 100% out of the question because of FEC deadlines.
It looks like the most likely scenario would be that Dr. Paul replaces Gary Johnson on the Libertarian Ticket. I'm all for that!