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Results from DC Statehood Green Party Primary

Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney won the DC Statehood Primary with 41.48% of the vote.

Full results at the DC Board of Elections and Ethics:

DC Statehood Green Party

Registration & Turnout

Voters 4,532
Election Day Turnout 10.86% 492
Absentee Turnout 0.00% 0
Provisional Turnout 0.00% 0

CYNTHIA McKINNEY 41.48% 202
Write In, if any 26.90% 131
NO CANDIDATE 11.09% 54
HOWIE HAWKINS 6.57% 32
KAT SWIFT 4.11% 20
JARED A. BALL 3.90% 19
KENT P. MESPLAY 3.08% 15
JESSE JOHNSON 2.87% 14

Notes:

Learned from Richard Winger of Ballot Access News, that the write-ins will eventually be counted and published.*

Turnout was low at 10.86%. The name of Ralph Nader – an undeclared but potential candidate for the Green Party line — was not on the ballot. Nader had a stand-in candidate of Howie Hawkins. Though, votes for “no candidate” could have been votes for Nader (although “no candidate” should mean: “don’t run a candidate”); and, write-ins are not yet published. So, it is difficult to determine the actual Nader support.

Many Green Party members are hoping Nader will announce this month. There is a question of whether he will run with the Green Party of the United States, per say, or simply as an independent candidate seeking Green Party and other progressive lines.

Another very strong buzz is that there could be a McKinney/Nader or Nader/McKinney Green Party ticket. That possibility has excited (and united) many Green Party activists and leaders.

The Green Party is an alternative to the two, corporate major parties. The Four Pillars of the Green Party are: Social and Economic Justice; Non-violence/Peace; Grassroots Democracy; and Ecological Wisdom.

The DC Statehood Green Party is affiliated with the Green Party of the United States (GP-US). The Greens in DC have an incredibly strong neighborhood organizing presence, a commitment to focus on DC Statehood, and a very thriving, local Green community and culture. So, while the national office of GP-US is located in DC, there are many DC Statehood Green Party activists who work rather independently of the whims of national politics.

For number crunching from another third party pundit, you could got to Babblemur. There is even a Green Party delegate count there. Though, I am not clear that the assignment of Green Party delegates are as strong a part of decision-making as  assignment of major party delegates. I was a Green Party Presidential Delegate for NY in 2004. I noticed that even if a delegate is bound in the first round, with our wild and grassroots third party politics, convention voting will most likely go to at least a second round, where some candidates can drop out, and/or delegates become “unbound.” Still, it is interesting to study.

*From Ballot Access News:

The D.C. Green Party won a lawsuit in 2004 to force the D.C. Board of Elections to count write-ins in its presidential primary. Therefore, presumably in the next few weeks, the write-ins in this primary will also be counted.

2 Responses

  1. The delegate counts I posted are very much estimates, and based purely on proportion of vote in that state and number of delegates each state gets.

    Different states may have different ways of determining delegates including different minimum votes to receive delegates (threshholds), “superdelegates”, delegates selected by regions or identity caucuses. So I just took a stab at what the delegate count would be if it were straight proportion.

    In my opinion – A Green Party ticket with McKinney and Nader would be huge, tremendously huge for the Green Party. My fear right now is factionalism rivaling 2004 tearing the party apart.

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