Decision Desk HQ contributor Aaron Booth has enjoyed the saga of De La Fuente throughout this primary season. He crunched the numbers, and submitted the below for our readers’ enjoyment.
Few perennial candidates elicit the same level of intrigue as one Roque De La Fuente. After seeking the Democratic nomination for President in 2016 and Senate in Florida the same year, De La Fuente ran in the general election for President in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota and Mississippi. In 2017, he ran for Mayor of New York. Now in 2018, he has taken on a new challenge: running for Senate as a Republican in California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming. Why? “To prove just how ludicrous the election process has become.”
To date, De La Fuente has accumulated 159,739 votes in the six of the nine states that have had primaries. His strongest performances have been in Hawaii (11.4%)
and Minnesota (5.9%)
and his largest raw vote total was 135,279 in California:
You’re probably asking yourself, “how is this even legal?” Simple: the constitution only requires a Senator to be a resident of the state when they are elected. Presuming he does pull off an upset in Delaware, Florida or Rhode Island, De La Fuente has indicated that he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2020.