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CA AIP to Nominate Donald Trump for President

According to J.R. Myers, founder and chairman of the Alaska Constitution Party, a source from within the California American Independent Party (CA AIP) reports that the Party has decided to nominate Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for president.

As Ballot Access News reported last month, Trump likely won the CA AIP’s June primary through write-in votes, though such votes were not officially counted.

California allows fusion tickets and Trump will appear on the ballot as both the Republican and American Independent presidential nominee.

According to Myers, who himself sought the CA AIP presidential nomination this year, the CA AIP will receive five electors to represent Trump in the electoral college.  Two of these electors, 2012 VP nominee Robert Ornelas and radio host Wiley Drake, also sought the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.  The three other electors are not known at this time.

In 2012, America’s Party nominee Tom Hoefling received the CA AIP nomination.  The Hoefling-Ornelas ticket received 38,372 votes in the general election.


  1. Cathryn Cathryn August 15, 2016

    Awesome because I love love love Donald Trump. No shadow govt puppet masters pulling his strings.

  2. William Saturn William Saturn Post author | August 10, 2016

    Thanks Trent. I have corrected it.

  3. Trent Hill Trent Hill August 10, 2016

    “California allows fusion tickets and Trump will appear on the ballot as both the Republican and Independent American presidential nominee. ”

    Should read “American Independent Party presidential nominee”

  4. William Saturn William Saturn Post author | August 9, 2016

    According to J.R. Myers, the parties negotiated with each other and came up with that configuration.

  5. natural born citizen natural born citizen August 8, 2016

    How is it determined that AIP gets to pick five Trump electors and the GOP gets to pick 50?

  6. Richard Winger Richard Winger August 8, 2016

    The California ballot would list “Donald J. Trump, Republican, American Independent”. His name would be on the ballot only once, with both labels.

    Evidence is strong that Trump won the AIP presidential primary, but the results aren’t official. Trump didn’t file as a declared write-in in the AIP presidential primary of June 7. But Contra Costa County and Amador County chose to tally his write-ins anyway, and he won overwhelmingly in those two counties. Around the state, the number of people who cast an AIP primary ballot is three times as high as the number of votes received by ballot-listed candidates, so that suggests Contra Costa and Amador are typical.

    About half the states permit fusion for president. It is impossible to give an exact number, because it all depends on whether it is fusion between two qualified parties, or between one qualified party and one unqualified party, or one qualified party and an independent, or between an unqualified party and an independent. It is extremely complicated.

  7. Andy Andy August 8, 2016

    Didn’t Trump just win the AIP primary in California?

  8. Jeff Becker Jeff Becker August 8, 2016

    Everyone knows that the California AIP was taken over by Alan Keyes operatives eight years ago. They aren’t going to nominate Trump.

  9. Derek Gorman Derek Gorman August 7, 2016

    Which are the states that have fusion voting, being for President, Congress and/or state elections?

  10. Michigan Voter Michigan Voter August 7, 2016

    Richard, do you know if his name would appear on the ballot twice or whether it would only be listed once with two parties listed next to it?

  11. William Saturn William Saturn Post author | August 7, 2016

    I changed the title to reflect that this hasn’t happened yet.

  12. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak August 7, 2016

    Illinois SOS and Cook County election offices also do not count write-ins. If I cast my first vote ever as a write-in, and if I can’t even see it counted in the online precinct results, well, then I will have regretted that write-in vote. I’m just not keen on bending over backwards to request a write-in count from their offices, even if they provide them.

    Back to the AIP: Edward Noonan apparently won the 2012 AIP primary, yet the party put forward Hoefling. So why is the party honoring the primary results this year?

    As a side note, I really wish Dave Leip’s Atlas would also include third party primaries. It includes only such primary in the California results page. I would submit the results myself if only I knew how to navigate the code; I tried once and it did not work work out.

  13. Richard Winger Richard Winger August 7, 2016

    IT hasn’t happened yet. The AIP state convention is Saturday, August 14, in Sacramento.

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