Charlie White Could Damage GOP More Than You ThinkMarch 11th, 2011 at 10:15 am by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
Secretary of State Charlie White goes to court this afternoon to answer 7 felony counts related to his voter registration as he continues to hold onto his elected post. Meantime, there is a possible scenario that could lead to White causing the Indiana GOP to lose major party status.
Consider this: a Democratic lawsuit challenges White’s status on the ballot last November because his voter registration was allegedly false (a contention backed up by grand jury indictments.) If a judge rules in the Democrats’ favor and White is disqualified, the Republicans would not receive the 10% of the vote in the Secretary of State race that is required to maintain major party status. Libertarians, however, would reach 10% after the White vote is removed. Major shift.
Now, consider this: the lack of major party status would make the 2012 Senate race a convention battle rather than a primary for the GOP. Richard Mourdock’s chances of upsetting Richard Lugar would be greatly enhanced in a convention.
This is about more than Charlie.