Of course, in the eyes of the Federal Election Commission, the Evans campaign never existed. The FEC database shows no filings for Evans for Senate.
So much for my plan to use Evans as a conservative wedge to erode John Thune’s base and offer the Democratic candidate a path to victory. (That’s a triple mixed metaphor, right? Which image do you prefer: wedge, sandpaper, or shovel?) Along that line, we Dems could try to convince Stace Nelson to enter the race as a Howie-style Independent or maybe a Libertarian standard-bearer, but Nelson appears to have allowed his campaign website to lapse. Alas! If we Dems want to split the Republican base, it looks like we’ll have to do it ourselves.
The best ground on which Democrats might take that tack is Evans’s concern about privacy and civil liberties. If we can convince Libertarians and principled conservatives that John Thune’s support for an unchecked military-police state poses a greater threat to their practical liberty than the humane social policy of the Democratic Party, we just might pull some votes from that camp.
But that’s marginal gain, to be prioritized behind straight-up Democratic voter re-registration!