California American Independent Party Primary Results

On Tuesday, members of the right-wing American Independent Party had the opportunity to vote in the non-binding California primary for three candidates seeking their presidential nomination.

With all precincts reporting, former American Independent Party chairman Edward C. Noonan won with 13,557 votes, 39.4% of the total. Radio host Laurie Roth came in second with 12,771 votes (37.1%), and Mad Max Riekse finished third with 8,083 (23.5%).

First-place Noonan was the American Independent Party nominee for Governor of California in 2006 and for U.S. Senate in 2010.  He announced his candidacy for president last August with an 11 plank platform posted on his campaign blog, which apparently doubles as his campaign website. He appears to care deeply about birtherism and lists “attack [President Barack Obama’s] Phony Natural Birth Citizen Status” as the first plank on his platform. In his latest blog post from May 26, he endorses an effort to recall California governor Jerry Brown.

The second-place Roth, who felt “called by God” to run for president, was a candidate for the Constitution Party’s 2012 presidential nomination, but finished in last place at the National Convention in April with only 6 votes.  She decided to continue her campaign and even picked up the endorsement of leading birther Orly Taitz. Roth proclaims on her campaign website that as president she will institute a 2% consumption tax while phasing out all others, and will erase all American debt in 4-5 years.  As mentioned on the site,  she suffered “severe brain injuries” in 2005, but recovered “with no outside help, other than hard work, vision and God.”

There is much less information on the third-place Riekse, who is apparently also seeking the presidential nomination of the Citizen’s Party, whose website lists him as a candidate. The site includes a post from Riekse himself, where he appears to defend Social Security, while redirecting readers to his campaign website. One reader of the site claims that Riekse wrote that he voted for  “Ralf Nadir” in 2008. Unfortunately, his campaign website is currently down, but some of his views can be discerned from a 2011 interview he did for The Stark Truth and a 2008 interview with Wikinews.

Despite the results, the California American Independent Party primary has no effect on the allocation of delegates at the nominating convention, which is set for August 11. Candidates who did not appear on the primary ballot, but are said to be seeking the nomination include Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode and America’s Party nominee Tom Hoefling.

The nomination is prized because it guarantees ballot access for the winning candidate in California, the most populous American state. In 2008, ambassador Alan Keyes won the party’s nomination and received 40,673 votes in California.

See also:

 Will California AIP Put Virgil Goode on the Ballot?

California AIP no Longer Affiliated with America’s Party: To Seek to Become a National Party

Results by County

BlueEdward C. Noonan – 13,557 votes (39.4%)

Green Laurie Roth – 12,771 votes (37.1%)

OrangeMad Max Riekse – 8,083 votes (23.5%)

14 thoughts on “California American Independent Party Primary Results

  1. Trent Hill

    Noonan likely won based on the fact that AIP voters had seen his name before. Roth likely benefited from being the only female. Reikse likely suffered because of his crazy ass name.

    Goode needs the California ballot access. It could bring 30,000+ votes to his total, which is huge for the CP.

  2. Trent Hill

    Prediction: If Goode lands on the ballot in Virginia, PA, and California–he’ll cross 300,000 for the CP.

    There’s a rumor going around that he wants to be on the New York ballot too.

  3. Trent Hill

    Whoops, I meant 250,000 for that first prediction. 50k if he makes NY ballot (Which is not to say he’ll get 50k out of NY–correlation, not causation).

  4. Peter Gemma

    Goode is indeed going for a NY line – I don’t know if the party leadership there is wide/deep enough to provide the necessary infrastructure, but with money to hire professional canvassers it’s a great opportunity. Money for canvassers etc. is the key, but I don’t see any aggressive, comprehensive fund raising efforts by either the Constitution Party or the Goode campaign. I hope the CP has a detailed, multi-pronged plan to secure ballot lines in a variety of states – for example, RI is easy, but without much of a CP presence, somebody has to go there and do the job.

  5. Trent Hill

    Peter–I know there is a plan. I’m sure it’s a fairly good one too. But, money is a huge issue for the CP.

  6. RedPhillips

    “There is much less information on the third-place Riekse, who is apparently also seeking the presidential nomination of the Citizen’s Party,”

    The Citizen’s Party has stated that they will not be nominating a Presidential candidate in 2012.

  7. Trent Hill

    If the AIP nominated any of these three, they’d be crazy. Hoefling is just as crazy. Virgil Goode is really the only decent choice.

  8. Trent Hill

    I believe there was a not-insignificant number of write-in votes in this primary. In fact, I think the total number of votes might double if one included write-ins.

  9. Jeremy C. Young

    The Citizens’ Party is not nominating a presidential ticket this year. I don’t think that had anything to do with Mad Max — they had two party insiders running for the nomination as well, and could easily have picked one of them if they had wanted.

    I agree with Trent @9 — that’s a crazy field. It’s so bad that if I’d had to choose, I would have voted for Mad Max.

  10. Lake, forwarding / presenting Westcoast Political News

    eagle as CP ‘rebel’ icon [yeah, sure, right]:

    ‘ ….. fasces for a symbol of power since the end of the Roman Empire …… particularly by those who see themselves as modern-day successors to the old republic and/or its ideals.

    Italian Fascism, which derives its name from the fasces ……..

    The British Union of Fascists also used it in the 1930s.

    ……. and many authorities continue to display them, including the federal government of the United States.”


  11. Dave

    Can those registered AIP’ers vote in other party primaries? With over 400,000 registered voters why is the vote total low all the time. The CP should just get their own ballot line instead of working to hijack another party.

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