California Presidential Third Party Primary Results – Ongoing

With 11.1% reporting in the California presidential primaries, here are the results so far.

In the American Independent Party primary, Laurie Roth is leading the pack with 38.8%. Edward Noonan is right behind her with 38.6%. Mad Max Riekse is third with 22.6%. Over 13,500 votes have been counted thus far. This primary is non-binding and it awards no delegates.

In the Green Party primary, Jill Stein is leading the field with 46.7%, just ahead of Roseanne Barr with 41.2%. Kent Mesplay brings in the rear with 12.1%. Over 4,500 votes have been counted in this primary so far. This primary awards delegates to the national convention.

In the Libertarian Party primary, Gary Johnson is the runaway winner with 52.2% so far. His nearest competitor is Barbara Joy Waymire with 16.6%. Over 4,000 votes have been counted. This primary is non-binding and the nominee of the Libertarian Party is already known–Gary Johnson.

In the Peace and Freedom Party primary, over a thousand votes have been counted. Rocky Anderson is leading the three-person primary with 42.1%, Stewart Alexander is in second with 31.6%, and Stephen Durham is third with 26.3%.

There was no Americans Elect primary, as that party has abandoned its presidential nomination process.

In the US Senate race, four third party candidates are polling from .2% to 2%. The highest vote-getter is Libertarian Gail Lightfoot with 2.0%.


We’ll post more updates as the votes roll in.

20 thoughts on “California Presidential Third Party Primary Results – Ongoing

  1. Trent Hill Post author

    We’ll be making posts about each contest as they end. This is essentially just a place for people to talk about all the results as they roll in.

  2. Nick Kruse

    That will look really good if it is Libertarian vs. Democrat for U.S. Senate in November.

  3. Trent Hill Post author

    It won’t be. A female Republican is getting in the teens.

  4. Trent Hill Post author

    Noonan has pulled ahead of Roth in the meaningless AIP primary.

  5. paulie


    On June 5, California held a top-two open primary. Although there were many independent candidates, some of whom were well-financed or who had been elected to city and county office, none of them (with one exception) placed first or second if there was also at least one Democrat and one Republican in the same race. Therefore, they cannot run in November.

    The one exception was in the U.S. House race, 33rd district. Incumbent Congressman Henry Waxman, a Democrat, placed first. Second place was won by Bill Bloomfield, an independent. However, Bloomfield had been a Republican until 2011, when he switched to being an independent. During the current campaign, he was endorsed by the former state chair of the Republican Party, Duf Sundheim. Bloomfield was also endorsed by John McCain, Pete Wilson, Richard Riordan, and many other Republican Party figures.

    The only Republican on the ballot in the 33rd district was Christopher David, age 25, a Ron Paul supporter with little campaign funds.

  6. Gene Berkman

    Complete results are available at the website of the Secretary of State

    In the 33rd Congressional District, Steve Collett received 3,786 votes for 4.3%, 5th place and just 206 votes behind Bruce Margolin, Democrat and head of Southern California NORML.

    Also in the thirty third district, Christopher David came in third, with 15.3%, behind Independent Bill Bloomfield (ex-Republican) who received 24.6%. Bloomfield will face Henry Waxman, incumbent, who received 45.5%, in November,

    In the 50th Congressional District, in San Diego County, Mike Benoit (Libertarian) came in 4th place with 4,360 votes, 5.3%. He came in behind the incumbent Republican and two Democrats, and ahead of a Republican hopeful.

  7. Gene Berkman

    In the U.S. Senate race, Sen. Feinstein received 49.3%, with 12.5% going to second place finisher Elizabeth Emken, who was endorsed by the California Republican Party.

    Gail Lightfoot (Libertarian) received 76,130 votes, 2.1%, ahead of Marsha Feinland (Peace & Freedom) @ 42,223, 1.2% and Don Grundmann @ 25,006 votes, 0.7%.

    Also in the Senate race, Rick Williams was backed by the Republican Liberty Caucus, and ran as a Ron Paul supporter. He received 120,931 votes, 3.3%.

    Senate hopeful Robert Lauten ran as a Republican, but was endorsed by the Alan Keyes faction of the American Independent Party. He received 44,021 votes, 1.2% A LaRouche supporter, Mr Lauten ran for State Treasurer in 2010 as an AIP candidate.

  8. RedPhillips

    “Noonan has pulled ahead of Roth in the meaningless AIP primary.”

    It’s meaningless but it may not be without meaning if you know what I mean. Are most of these voters clueless independents who show up at the polls and are handed an AIP ballot based on their registration? I would think that it would actually take some initiative to be a legit AIP sympathetic voter and go to the polls and vote. To what degree does this actually reflect the preferences of AIP sympathetic voters?

  9. Trent Hill Post author

    Red, simply put, it doesn’t. Probably the voter-guide and Ed Noonan’s previous runs on the AIP line statewide gave him the marginal name recognition needed to beat Laurie Roth (advantage: the only female on the ballot) or Mad Max (disadvantage: crazy sounding name).

  10. Gene Berkman

    In the 8th Assembly District, Janice Marlae Bonser (Libertarian) received 2,313 votes for 4.5%, coming in 5th out of 6 candidates.

  11. Gene Berkman

    In California’s 13th State Senate District, John Webster (Libertarian) received 17,232 votes for 15.9%, coming in third behind 2 Democrats and ahead of another Democrat.

    This appears to be the best Libertarian showing in the open primary.

  12. Gene Berkman

    In California’s first Assembly District, David Edwards (Green) came in fourth with 5,050 votes for 5.8% followed by Charley Hooper (Libertarian) with 4,674 votes, 5.3%.

    In the 2nd Assembly District, Pamela Elizondo (Green) came in third with 6,374 for 8.6% behind 2 Democrats and ahead of a 4th place Democrat.

    In the 18th Congressional District Carol Brouillet
    (Green) received 3,890 votes 4.1% and came in 4th out of 4 candidates.

    In the 35th Congressional District Anthony W. Vieyra (Green) received 5,371 votes for 18.7% coming in third behind 2 Democrats.

  13. Nick Kruse

    It is interesting that 50.6% of registered Libertarians in California don’t like their party’s nominee for president.

  14. Jill Pyeatt

    We noticed that also, Nick. It was interesting that all the other candidates go so many votes.

  15. Trent Hill Post author

    Nick–more than likely, most of those voters simply didn’t know any of the names on the ballot and just selected randomly.

    This explains why Waymire got a decent percentage-she was the only female on the ballot.

  16. Gene Berkman

    There was little campaigning before the LP primary for President in California, and many active Libertarians re-registered as Republicans to vote for Ron Paul, so the LP results in the Presidential primary are pretty random.

    I voted for Gary Johnson, and he did better in Riverside County than in the state as a whole.

  17. Gene Berkman

    Ad Hoc @ 14 – there is another reason for so few Libertarian or other third party candidates in the primary.

    California requires the payment of a filing fee to qualify for the primary ballot. For Congress and state legislature, the fee is 1% of the annual salary of the office sought – 2% for statewide offices. So it costs $900 to file for State Senate or Assembly, and something like $1700 to run for Congress.

    As a result of court cases highlighting the barrier such a fee poses, candidates can collect signatures on petitions in-lieu of filing fees. When we had party primaries, major party candidates had to collect up to 3000 signatures for Congress or 1500 for state legislature.

    Minor party candidates had to collect only up to 150 signatures, reflecting the smaller numbers of registered voters affiliated with the alternative parties.

    Part of the problem with the top two primary is that now minor party candidates would have to collect the larger number of signatures on in-lieu petitions – up to 3000 for Congress or up to 1500 for legislature. If you can’t collect the signatures you have to pay the filing fee, and it is a barrier for most candidates.

  18. paulie

    I think Holtz usually ran against her. Not sure if they are still in the same district, since there has also been redistricting since last time.

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