The Constitution Party of Illinois met to nominate its statewide candidates yesterday. From Facebook:
Update for Statewide Candidates: Governor: Michael Oberline; Lt Governor: Randy Constitutional Evangelist Stufflebeam: Secretary of State: Stacy Moss; Treasurer: Mike Nicestro; Comptroller: Timothy Goodcase; Attorney General: Joe Bell; US Senate: Chad Koppie.
Two of the candidates were previous CP nominees. Current national Constitution Party vice-chairman Randy Stufflebeam was the party’s write-in candidate for governor in 2006, a race in which he received the largest write-in vote total in state history (0.55%). Chad Koppie was the Constitution Party’s nominee for U.S Senate in 2008, receiving 0.24% of the vote, as well as in 1996, receiving 0.41%.
It is not yet known if the CP of Illinois will have ballot access. To do so would require 25,000 signatures. In 2010 the party fell a few hundred votes short of the required amount after the state GOP mounted a challenge against them. The Libertarian Party of Illinois will have at least $65,000 to help in the signature gathering process, but the CP likely won’t have anywhere near that amount of finances to help get on the ballot.