26 October 2010

GOP in Colorado: soon to be a minor party?

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! State laws deliberately designed to disempower far-left political parties [1] by de-funding them when they don't get "enough" party registrants or votes in an election may turn around and bite the GOP in the ass. In Colorado, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is polling below 10%, the minimum threshold for major party status in that state (in Pennsylvania, by remarkable contrast, it's 2% of votes, but 15% of registrations, see 25 P.S. §§ 2831, 2872.2). If Maes can't scrape together enough votes, then the GOP candidate for governor in 2014 will be listed below the fold, so to speak: rather than sitting in a guaranteed #1 or #2 spot at the top of the list, the candidate's name will be mixed up randomly with the Greens, the American Constitution Party, the Independent Reform Party, and the Libertarians, while the Democratic candidate will sit secure in spot #1 at the top.

First Citizens United resulted in kazillions of dollars going to fringe candidates, and now this. Yay, reactionary conservatism!

[1] Pennsylvania's small-party restriction law, for example, was originally enacted in 1937 -- backlash against the New Deal.

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