There are reports flying now that the RNC is going to invalidate the State Convention and thus invalidate all officers elected there, including State and National Committee members. Not sure if this is the RNC themselves or the result of the Staples/Cianchette challenge expanding, but this could actually destroy Romney.
On the one hand, Maine is a small state among many. On the other, however, CD #2 is considered very important right now.
Here is where it gets interesting: Qualifying Party laws
Title 21-A §301 1 B-
Title 21-A §301. 2-The party held a state convention as prescribed by Article III during the election year in which the designation was listed on the ballot and any interim election year; and [1999, c. 450, §1 (AMD).]
We did hold a convention, but what happens if that is invalidated?A party which qualifies under subsection 1 to participate in a primary election must, in that same year, hold a state convention as prescribed by Article III in order to have the party designation of its candidates printed on the ballot in the general election of that year.
We fail to qualify for the general election, hypothetically. Of course, as far as I can tell, this is uncharted territory.
But it appears to me, that without a valid convention, we fail as a party to fulfill the requirements and thus...
Mitt Romney should legally be OFF the general election ballot in November.