Why hopeful WH hopeful Colbert can't get any votes - and still buy ads

01/12/2012 9:34 PM

01/12/2012 10:43 PM

Stephen Colbert seems headed to the shortest run for president in history.

The comedian and Charleston native announced on his show tonight that he will form an exploratory committee to weigh a run for what he called "the president of the United States of South Carolina," according to multiple media reports.

He also transferred control of his super political-action committee to fellow Comedy Central show host Jon Stewart. Candidates -- perhaps including those gunning to become presidents of their states -- cannot run PACs.

Colbert announced interest in running after learning he was polling at 5 percent in South Carolina -- one percentage point better than former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

But he might have a hard time winning any votes in his home state.

Colbert missed the deadline to get on the ballot.

And according to the S.C. State Election Commission website: "Write-in votes are NOT allowed in political party primaries or for President and Vice-president."

So good luck, Stephen. We're looking forward to some chuckles in what's becoming a not-so-humorous, gritty campaign.

UPDATE: The Palmetto Public Record blog is reporting that Colbert’s (former?) super PAC is negotiating a media buy in the Columbia market. The site is run by Logan Smith, who worked at WIS-TV as a reporter and online producer. The PAC ran ads in Iowa. See them here.

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