Cynthia McKinney Wins Big in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Green Party Spring Gathering and Presidential Preference Convention was held today at the River Center at the Gruenhagen Conference Center, UW Oshkosh.Cynthia McKinney received an overwhelming majority of the votes cast in the Wisconsin Green Party Presidential Preference Primary. McKinney received 79% of the vote; Kent Mesplay received 10%, Write-Ins for Ralph Nader 5%, Kat Swift 2%, Uncommitted 2%, and Jesse Johnson 1%.

Ralph Nader is not seeking the nomination of the Green Party of the United States.

Both McKinney and Mesplay campaigned in Wisconsin this past fall.

Wisconsin is allotted 24 delegates to the Green Party of the United States Presidential Nominating Convention, July 10-13, 2008 in Chicago. There, 836 delegates from around the country will determine the Green Party’s nominee for President of the United States.

In Oshkosh Green Party members chose 24 delegates to the national convention representing the ballot results. Nineteen delegates were allotted to Cynthia McKinney, two to Kent Mesplay, one to Ralph Nader, one to Kat Swift, and one for Uncommitted.

Delegates are pledged to vote for the candidates to whom they are allotted for the first round in Chicago. For the second and subsequent rounds, candidates are instructed to vote only for candidates who have agreed to accept the nomination of the Green Party of the United States, and have agreed to run on all Green Party ballot lines.

The Green Party currently has 21 state ballot lines, and is working to obtain more.

“Wisconsin Greens have a lot of respect for the work that McKinney has done in Congress, particularly her persistent opposition to the war, her fight for social justice, and her concern for our environmental health,” said Ronald Hardy, co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party.

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