Ralph Nader Wins California Primaries

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Much to the chagrin of the leadership of the Green Party, Ralph Nader was the victor of the California Green Party primary. Party leaders are pushing for ex-Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney to be their nominee.

Nader got 16,835 votes, compared to McKinney’s 7,124. Although Nader is not a declared candidate, he is expected to seek the Green Party nomination.

The California Peace and Freedom Party also featured both Nader and McKinney. In that race, Nader beat McKinney 2090 to 1114.

Three other states held Green Party primaries yesterday. In Arkansas, Nader was unable to get on the ballot, but “uncommitted” beat McKinney 273 to 116. McKinney won the Illinois primary where Nader did not appear. The Massachusetts primary has only fragmentary returns, although reports are that Nader and McKinney are in a close race.

5:48 pm on February 6, 2008