April 30, 2016. Lexington, MA (ONN). Dr. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party nominee for President, has all but won the Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination. That was the gist of a recent national Party announcement, as well as the various results of completed state primaries and caucuses. Stein has swept every single state primary so far, all but assuring her the right to represent the Green Party in the 2016 General Election.
In 2012, Jill Stein received 456,169 votes in the General Election. That was enough for a 4th place finish nationally and enough to earn her the distinction of having received more votes for President than any woman in US history. Apparently, it was also enough to earn Stein the Green Party’s 2016 nomination as well.
According to a Green Party announcement last week, ‘As of April 15, Jill Stein has won 65 delegates to the PNC, having won every Green Party caucus, primary, or state convention held so far. Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry has won five delegates, William Kreml four, Kent Mesplay three, and Darryl Cherney two. It will take the support of 202 delegates to win the nomination.’
Surprisingly, only two of the above candidates have been officially recognized by the national Green Party - Jill Stein and William Kreml. The Party’s website explains, ‘To become officially recognized as a candidate seeking the GPUS Presidential nomination for President, one must demonstrate a level of grassroots support within the Green Party and a level of legal and financial organization as a candidate.’
The website Wikipedia currently lists the results of the 12 state primaries that have completed thus far. As confirmed by Green Party spokespeople, Dr. Jill Stein has won all 12 contests. In Illinois – the first state on the Green’s primary calendar and the largest of the 12 primaries with 23 delegates at stake – Stein won 87% of the vote and 20 of the 23 national convention delegates.
In Minnesota, Jill Stein won 84% of the vote. In Arizona, she won 79% of the vote. In Virginia, she captured 76%. In Ohio, Stein earned 61% of the primary vote. And in Massachusetts, ironically Stein’s home state, she finished with less than half the vote for the first time garnering only 48% of the Green vote. South Carolina Greens are next on the list and will be holding their nominating contest today.
A Closer Look
A closer look at the results from individual states shows that while there is near-unanimous support for Jill Stein as the Party’s nominee, the same can’t be said for the Party’s second choice. Three different candidates have finished second in the 12 state primaries held so far.
Below are a sampling of results from individual state nominating events:
Jill Stein – 86.9% - 20 delegates
Uncommitted – 7.3% - 2 delegates
William Kreml – 3.6% - 1 delegate
Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry – 0.7% - 0 delegates
Jill Stein – 45.7% - 5 delegates
Uncommitted – 37.7% - 4 delegates
Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry – 4.7% - 1 delegate
Darryl Cherney – 3.2% - 0 delegates
Kent Mesplay – 2.2% - 0 delegates
William Kreml – 1.4% - 0 delegates
Jill Stein – 82% - 5 delegates
Kent Mesplay – 18% - 1 delegate
Uncommitted – 3% - 0 delegates
Jill Stein – 61% - 6 delegates
William Kreml – 19% - 2 delegates
Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry – 12% - 1 delegate
Darryl Cherney - 5% - 0 delegates
Kent Mesplay – 3% - 0 delegates
The Green Party national nominating convention will be held August 4-7. For more information, visit the Green Party website at GP.org. For more information on Dr. Jill Stein, visit the candidate’s campaign website at Jill2016.com.