Politics GOP hires consultancy to assess third candidate as independent

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  1. MilkyDischarge

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    political geeks should google this to read the third party proposal. It's very fascinating. The Estsblishment will never let him win.
    A former advisor of a Trump (I forget the exact relationship) said Donald doesn't button his suit coat cause he has a bullet proof vest on underneath. I believe it. His win would be major losses to a whole industry of politicians, special interest groups, favor seekers, and hanger ons.

    Donors ask GOP consulting firm to research independent presidential bid
    A group of Republicans is moving quickly to research ballot-access requirements for independent candidates in case Trump wraps up the GOP nomination next month.

    By SCOTT BLAND


    02/26/16 12:44 PM EST

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    Conservative donors have engaged a major GOP consulting firm in Florida to research the feasibility of mounting a late, independent run for president amid growing fears that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination.

    A memo prepared for the group zeroes in on ballot access as a looming obstacle for any independent candidate, along with actually identifying a viable, widely known contender and coalescing financial support for that person. The two states with the earliest deadlines for independent candidates, Texas and North Carolina, also have some of the highest hurdles for independents to get on the ballot, according to the research.

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    “All this research has to happen before March 16, when inevitably Trump is the nominee, so that we have a plan in place," a source familiar with the discussions said. March 16 is the day after the GOP primary in Florida, a winner-take-all contest that Marco Rubio supporters have identified as a must-win to stop Trump's early momentum.

    “It’s critical some serious attention is given to this,” the source said.

    The document, stamped “confidential,” was authored by staff at Data Targeting, a Republican firm based in Gainesville, Fla. The memo notes that “it is possible to mount an independent candidacy but [it] will require immediate action on the part of this core of key funding and strategic players.”

    Data Targeting did not respond to a request for comment on the memo.

    The research points to Texas and North Carolina as early tests for running an independent, conservative candidate against Trump and the Democratic nominee. The candidate would need to gather over 79,900 valid petition signatures in Texas by May 9 and over 89,000 in North Carolina by June 9.

    Only two other states have thresholds that high, and gathering petitions can be an expensive and time-consuming process. What’s more, the Texas signatures would have to come entirely from voters who did not vote in this year’s Democratic and Republican primaries.

    But “with 38 electoral votes in play in Texas and North Carolina’s true swing state status, failing to qualify in either or both states would render any independent candidate non-viable,” the report's authors wrote. “This is logistically possible but will require immediate action.”

    By July 15, the independent candidate would need more than 460,000 voter signatures to make the ballot in 11 states. Assuming an April 1 start date, the campaign would have to gather 4,345 valid signatures per day to maintain a steady pace.



    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/doors-gop-consulting-independent-219859#ixzz41K8IYhqK
     
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    Ross Perot is still alive and raring for another go.
     
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    Mar 16 isn't a threshold date, it's the date by which enough states have voted to have awarded the number of delegates required to win the nomination. This probably will be still going by then.
     
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    Why don't we just ask Hillary today who she wants for the Supreme Court, since she is going to be POTUS anyway.
     
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    Since the fix is already in for Hillary collecting these fucking super delegate votes she didn't earn, maybe Bernie's backers should be looking into another independent ticket run also. Believe me, if anyone has a legitimate gripe about the machine in action, it would be Bernie!

    That would make this election one for the ages. And where is Ralph Nader when we need him most?
     
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    if the republican party wants to see a republican elected to the white house then this seems like it's mostly a bad notion
     
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    is there a time limit to switch to independent?
     
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    President Bloomberg

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    Over my deceased, rotting, maggot infested corpse.
     
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    Well, seeing as how this is now almost March, you better hurry up and get going, so that you are properly decomposed come next 1/20/17. :smile:
     
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    David, i'll smoke a couple of briskets and designate a smoking area when the Donald assumes office. Woooo!
     
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    I'd have told them an independent would fuck them for half the price.

    As ivesaid all along, if they let trump go independent (which he would at this point), the GOP doesn't have a chance.
     
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    Look who's talking.
     
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    Clearly a conservative independent candidate would insure Hillary's win. That's how much they must hate and fear Trump. It would be better if she won because he is destroying the party. With him at the top of the ticket, the GOP would also be assured of losing the Senate.
     
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    No, but it becomes more and more difficult to get on the ballot. Don't forget that candidates must register in each of the 50 states and each state has certain requirements such as a certain cutoff date (usually 30-90 days prior to the election) and in a lot the candidates must collect a certain amount of signatures. That's why the conventions are scheduled when they are,
     
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    It would be great if they got to within about 45 days of the election and the FBI decided to pursue charges against her. She'd lose the independents and the election :)
     
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    Sure does. They'd end up with split votes and dem easily wins.
     
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    Fucking Simple Simon and shit over here. :jj: