Americans Elect spent $35 million to get a credible third-party candidate on the 2012 presidential ballot, round up 420,000 online delegates, and bring a new breed of independent, direct democracy to America's two-party system. Early Tuesday morning, the group said everything has gone according to plan, except for one small detail: They don't have a candidate. Monday at midnight was the deadline for the competing candidates to get enough online votes — at least 10,000 — to qualify for the group's online convention in June.
Linda Killian: The "top two" primary system makes it much more difficult for third-party and independent candidates to qualify for the general-election ballot. Read Post
In any other election, the third-party candidates would be applauded by millions of Americans and even get their votes, and deserve to get their votes. But this election is not that election. Romney has made sure of that. Read Post