Two political parties on the ballot in California have nominated Donald Trump for president of the United States. In addition to the Republican nomination he earned earlier this year, officials of the American Independent party on Saturday voted to nominate Trump as its presidential nominee. Trump did not seek the nomination. In June, however, Trump received more write-in votes among AIP voters than any of the prospective party nominees on the primary ballot. Party leaders also gave the nod to Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. The nominations were announced Saturday night on Twitter by Markham Robinson, the party’s national chair.

AIP long a bastion for right-wing activists

The AIP is the California affiliate of the relatively new American Independent Party of These United States. It was not immediately clear if the party is on the ballot of any other state. California’s party has a long history. Supporters of Gov. George Wallace of Alabama placed the party on the ballot in time for the 1968 presidential election. By 1970, the party had factionalized and was no longer as friendly to Wallace. In 1972, the party nominated U.S. Rep. John Schmitz, a California Republican, for president.

Almost a half-century of electing no one

In 1976, the party’s nominee was Gov. Lester Maddox of Georgia. Four years later, the party nominated U.S.

Rep. John Rarick, who had been a Wallace-supporting Democratic congressman from Louisiana. Since then, the party has affiliated at various times with other national parties, including the Populist, U.S. Taxpayers’, Constitution and America’s Party organizations. Wallace received 13.5 percent of the national vote in 1968, which continues to stand as the party’s most successful campaign.

He carried the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. No candidate has been elected to the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives during its 48-year history.

Platforms change very little

The party’s platform calls for an end to abortion, opposes same-sex marriage, supports the right to keep and bear arms, favors a fence and increased electronic surveillance along the Mexican-U.S.

border. The platform is rarely amended from one election to the next, with the party stating it represents eternal principles rather than whims of the moment.

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