Third-Party Forecast: A Chance of Snowe?

After a candidate is nominated through Americans Elect's online voting "convention" in June, the winner must pick a running mate from a different party. Were Snowe to embrace a third-party candidacy and win, a few names come to mind to balance the bottom of the ticket -- moderate, male Democrats like Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., or former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.

Third-party candidacies have traditionally been hampered by efforts to get the candidate's name on the ballot in every state, but Americans Elect has taken care of that by laying the groundwork for the eventual nominee. Ackerman said he has no doubt that every state will put the group's candidate on the ballot in November.

And he added, matter-of-factly, that the group would obviously welcome an endorsement from Snowe.

"This is a new chapter in my life," Snowe said in her TV interview. "I decided that if I was going to do something different, it had to be in this moment in time, so I'm going to be giving my voice to what should change here in the United States Senate."

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