California’s primary election was held today and reports are slowly rolling in. We’ve reported in the past on the on-going conflict between two factions in the American Independent Party of California between Constitution Party-loyal activists and Alan Keyes-loyal activists. The primary determines who can be a voting member of the State Central Committee of the party, which makes the primary very important to the on-going legal struggles between the two factions to determine who controls the fate of the party. Many candidate in the Constitution Party faction were unopposed, but three had opponents from the Keyes faction. The top of the ticket, the Gubernatorial race, was the race upon which both groups focused the most. Chelene Nightingale is the former direct of Save Our State, an anti-illegal immigration group in California, and the Constitution Party-loyal candidate. Markham Robinson is the Secretary of State recognized chairman of the party and an Alan Keyes faction candidate. Nightingale has a lead of 17% thus far, though with 23.1% reporting, the results are far from conclusive.
With 53.6% reporting:
Chelene Nightingale: 12,893 or 58.5%
Markham Robinson: 9,166 or 41.5%
The other two contested races in the AIP primary, Controller and US Senate, are being won by the Keyes-faction candidates by 11.4% and 6.3% respectively. With 53.6% reporting, it is safe to say those candidates will maintain their lead. In the three contested races, then, the Keyes faction won two races and the Constitution Party faction won one.
Election results for all races and all parties, as well as propositions, can be found here.