Thursday, February 07, 2008

All votes counted - EXCEPT MINE

Report from La Riva/Puryear presidental campaign

The results in California’s Peace and Freedom Party primary with nearly all returns in are as follows:

Ralph Nader (Green Party): 40.4 percent Cynthia McKinney (Green Party): 21.3 percent Gloria La Riva (PFP and Party for Socialism and Liberation): 20.5 percent John Crockford (PFP): 5.5 percent Stewart Alexander (PFP and Socialist Party): 5.4 percent Brian P. Moore (Socialist Party): 5.3 percent Stanley Hetz: 1.6 percent

The Peace and Freedom Party is a ballot-qualified, multi-tendency, socialist party in California. By "multi-tendency" is meant that a number of other socialist parties and groups participate in PFP, including the Socialist Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation and others.

In an unusual development, two of the candidates in this year’s PFP primary election, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader and former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, were also candidates in the Green Party’s primary in California and other states. In California’s Green Party primary, Nader won about 60 percent of the vote to McKinney’s 26 percent.

Nader, the most widely recognized candidate running, finished first in nearly all counties in the PFP primary. La Riva finished second in 16 of the state’s 58 counties, including San Diego, San Bernadino, Fresno, Sonoma and Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County, the largest by far with nearly a third of the state’s population, Nader received 32.3 percent of the vote, La Riva received 27.3 percent and McKinney received 23.2 percent.

Under PFP rules, the presidential primary election is not binding. The actual selection of the party’s candidates for president and vice president will take place at its biannual convention this summer

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