Jesse Ventura was elected Governor of Minnesota in 1998 as a member of the Reform Party. He has mentioned interest running as an independent or seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president in 2016.
From Gideon Resnick at the Daily Beast, February 29th:
MINNEAPOLIS — Jesse Ventura told The Daily Beast he will run for president if Bernie Sanders does not win the Democratic nomination.
Ventura was elected the governor of Minnesota as an independent in 1998 after serving as a Navy SEAL and professional wrestler. Ventura said his campaign was so successful at showing an outsider could be elected that Trump and Sanders are “ripping him off.” He bets he can do it again if Sanders loses and the election is Hillary Clinton vs. Trump.
“They’re setting the groundwork for me because if Bernie loses, by the time we get to June, how sick are the people going to be of all these people,” he said while dressed in a Jimi Hendrix shirt under a blazer and SEALs beanie.
“See, I’m an independent and I despise the two parties,” Ventura, who speaks as if he is prepared to tackle you, continued. “I love what Trump’s doing to the Republicans. He’s got them in complete disarray. In fact, it looks like the WWE when you watch their debates.”
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From the Washington Examiner, March 2nd:
With his Super Tuesday delegates in hand, Donald Trump seems more likely than ever to be the Republican nominee for president. Yet, there is a large contingent of Republicans who say they will never vote for Trump, even if the only other choice is Hillary Clinton.
What if a third candidate emerged as a viable alternative in the general election? The Constitution Party says they’re open to considering a major Republican as their nominee.
“You ask if Trump, or Cruz, or Romney would be welcomed as a candidate,” Constitution Party spokeswoman Karen Murray told theWashington Examiner. “Yes, they would be welcome to seek the nomination. Would the party nominate such a candidate? This I cannot say. It is up to the delegates at the convention to choose who will best represent the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights in the person of a candidate for the highest office in the land.”
If a candidate wanted to go that route, they’d have a little bit of time to consider it before diving in. The Constitution Party’s presidential nominating convention starts April 13. “The latest a candidate can be considered is at the [national] convention,” Murray said. To be considered on the floor, “a candidate must receive the support of half the delegates of two states, in writing, submitted at the convention.”
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Green Party Watch, March 2nd:
Unofficial results in the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party presidential primary show Jill Stein winning with 51.8% of the vote. Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry received 9.5%, Darryl Cherney 3.6%, Bill Kreml 3.6%, and Kent Mesplay 2.6%. “No Preference” received 12.8%, with the remaining votes assorted write-ins.
In Boston, Jill Stein received 82 votes (58.2%), Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 9 (6.4%), Bill Kreml 6 (4.3%), Darryl Cherney 3 (2.1%), and Kent Mesplay 2 (1.4%). Ten votes went to “No Preference”, and there were 29 write-ins.
In Worcester, Stein received 21 votes (63.7%), and Mesplay 1 (3.0%). Three votes went to “No Preference”, and there were eight write-ins.