Posted on February 7, 2008

California’s Green Party Voters Reject McKinney

Jeffry Scott, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 6, 2008

Voters in her new home state of California have rejected former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in her bid for the presidency on the Green Party ticket. They voted instead—by a margin of more than 2 to 1—for Ralph Nader in Tuesday’s presidential primary.

McKinney won Green Party primaries in Arkansas and Illinois and is in slightly trailing Nader in Massachusetts, according to the Green Party. The party reported there were voting irregularities Illinois, where some voters reported there were no Green Party ballots at some locations.


McKinney, 52, served six terms as a Georgia congresswoman before losing her seat to Hank Johnson in 2006. She moved to the San Francisco area last spring to attend graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley.

According to Ballot Access News, with 96 percent of precincts reporting, Nader had 16,835 votes in California; McKinney had 7,124. Another Green Party candidate from Georgia, who has withdrawn from the race, former Black Panther Party leader Elaine Brown, of Brunswick, received 1,259 votes in California.


McKinney has vowed to campaign in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., where she will be on the Feb. 12 primary ballot. Green Party candidates are on 21 state ballots. The party holds its nominating convention in Chicago, July 10-13.