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Workers World Party Nominates Monica Moorehead for President

On November 8th, 2015 at the party’s national conference in New York City, the Workers World Party announced its presidential ticket for 2016. Monica Moorehead, the party’s ’16 candidate, was also the WWP nominee in 1996 and 2000. Her running mate is Lamont Lilly.

Moorehead scored the highest vote total for the WWP in a presidential election in 1996 with over 29,000 votes. In 2000 Michael Moore blamed Moorehead for costing Al Gore the state of Florida, and the presidency, instead of Ralph Nader.

This is the first time the WWP has nominated a presidential ticket since 2004, when they ran John Parker for president and pharmacy sale Moorehead was Parker’s campaign manager. In 2008 the party instead endorsed Cynthia McKinney’s Green Party candidacy.

The Workers World Party currently does not have ballot access in any state.


  1. Jim F Jim F June 20, 2016

    I believe the WWP is the organization that has been collecting signatures ni Detroit for access for “Michigan Worker’s Party”

  2. paulie paulie November 16, 2015

    There have been cases where parties have turned against their founders, however.

  3. Jeremy Jeremy November 15, 2015

    Sanders founded the Vermont Progressive Party, so it’s really to be expected that they’re endorsing him.

  4. Wang Tang-Fu Wang Tang-Fu November 15, 2015

    Perhaps they will wrestle for signatures?

  5. Jed Ziggler Jed Ziggler Post author | November 15, 2015

    The WWP fielding a presidential ticket is significant. There is essentially no difference ideologically between Moorehead and PSL candidate Gloria La Riva, in fact La Riva was Moorehead’s running mate in 1996 & 2000; however the WWP lost a significant amount of its membership when the PSL split away and has essentially been electorally defunct for over a decade. It will be interesting to see how Moorehead fairs with her ballot access drive.

  6. paulie paulie November 15, 2015

    In that case you may be right, I can’t think of another one either.

  7. Jed Ziggler Jed Ziggler Post author | November 15, 2015

    I don’t consider them a socialist party.

  8. paulie paulie November 15, 2015

    Vermont Progressives have too, if you want to count them as such.

  9. Jed Ziggler Jed Ziggler Post author | November 10, 2015

    The Party for Socialism and Liberation and Socialist Party have also nominated national tickets. The only socialist party to endorse Sanders that I’m aware of is Socialist Alternative.

  10. NewFederalist NewFederalist November 10, 2015

    Thank you. I was unaware that any parties of the left were thinking of sitting this one out due to Sen. Sanders seeking the Democratic nomination. IIRC this site has posted articles about various leftist parties nominating national tickets already.

  11. Andrew Moore Andrew Moore November 10, 2015

    My point is, I’m glad they are maintaining their independence instead of endorsing a Democrat. I wish many other people on the left would do the same.

  12. NewFederalist NewFederalist November 9, 2015

    I am not sure I understand your point. Could you elaborate? Thank you.

  13. Andrew Moore Andrew Moore November 9, 2015

    I would not support or vote for the WWP, but kudos to them for not jumping on the “Bernie Sanders is a socialist” bandwagon like so many others on the left.

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