The Peace and Freedom Party has selected independent candidate Ralph Nader and his runningmate Matt Gonzalez as its 2008 presidential ticket. According to the PFP’s homepage, “Both nominees agree with the fundamentals of the P & F platform and bring with them a strong combination of experience, credibility, and legislative accomplishment.”
According to liveblogging on White Light Black Light, the voting results from the single round of voting was Nader 46, Gloria La Riva 27, Brian Moore 10, Cynthia McKinney 6.
The nomination brings with it a a guaranteed place on the Californian ballot this November. In 2000 as the Green Party nominee, Nader garnered 3.8% with 418,707 votes, an improvement over his 1996 showing of 2.4% with 237,016 votes. By contrast, as a write-in candidate in 2004, he only scored 19,218 votes.
UPDATE: Ballot Access News gives us two historical insights into the Nader nomination:
This is the first time the Peace & Freedom Party has nominated someone who is expected to be on the ballot in a majority of states, in its entire history. That history extends back to 1968.
Nader is the first caucasian male to be the presidential nominee of the Peace & Freedom Party since 1972, when Dr. Benjamin Spock was the partyâ€™s nominee.