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Americans Elect Gives Up

9:19 AM, May 15, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Americans Elect, the independent organization seeking a credible third-party presidential candidate in 2012, has decided to call it quits, according to a statement from the group's CEO, Khalil Byrd.

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"Through the efforts of thousands of staffers, volunteers, and leadership, Americans Elect has achieved every stated operational goal," said Byrd in a statement. "Despite these efforts, as of today, no candidate has reached the national support threshold required to enter the 'Americans Elect Online Convention' this June."

The group had received ballot access in virtually every state and may have been a force in the 2012 election, had the online nomination process worked. The final top three declared candidates on the Americans Elect website--former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer, former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, and activist Michealene Risley--had fewer than 12,000 votes among them.

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