She refused to say if she would endorse Castle if he wins the primary and refused to say if she would run as a third-party candidate if she loses the primary, saying such questions are hypothetical. "That’s a moot point, I don’t see how we can’t win," she said.The prospect of a split Republican vote on November 2nd would obviously give party officials heartburn, but an important question arises: Even if O'Donnell wants to run on a third party ticket, is she too late? According to Delaware Online, she is out of luck:
While the deadline to register to run for office elapsed over a month ago, political parties are still adding candidates for state and local offices. Candidates from the Independent Party of Delaware, the Blue Enigma Party and the Working Families Party were added to the ballot following the deadline for third parties to nominate candidates...It also appears that a possible O'Donnell ally, the Constitution Party, failed to qualify for the ballot at all:
...Anyone interesting in running for office has until Sept. 30 to announce their write-in candidacy, but their name would not appear on the ballot.
Most notably missing from the additional third-party candidates was theSo unless I'm misreading this, and Wikipedia is wrong (banish the thought!) about so-called "sore loser" laws, O'Donnell either needs to win the GOP primary on September 14, or her name will not appear on the ballot. Her only recourse would be a write-in campaign...which she has done before.
ConstitutionParty, which held a nominating convention in early August, but failed to get ballot status to include their candidates in the election.
Under current state law, minor parties needed to have 303 registered members by Tuesday to be allowed to place candidates on the ballot, Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove said.The Constitution Party ended the registration period with only 287 members, keeping their slate of candidates off the ballot.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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