There has been some speculation that a certain political candidate in a particular party might lose a primary election, and then stand as an Independent.
Is that even legally possible?
According to what somebody once told me, there are specific laws to prevent that from happening. At least in some States. Is that correct?
If correct, how far in the process does it have to go before it applies? If a politician has simply announced an intention to stand for a certain party, can he then withdraw and stand as Independent? Does it have to get to the stage where votes are cast?
I'm mainly talking about US Presidential elections, but information about elections at any level of Govt would be welcome.