Constitution Party: Presidential Nomination Vote Breakdown by State

The Constitution Party National Convention is coming to a close and the news is coming in fast. We reported earlier today that Virgil Goode had won the Presidential nomination of the party with 203 of 403 possible votes. This is how the votes were cast by state:

AZ: 6 votes for Castle
CA: 8 votes for Goode
CO: 9 votes for Goode, 5 votes for Wells
CT: 1 vote for Castle, 1 vote for Goode, 1 vote for Wells
FL: 5 votes for Castle, 25 votes for Goode, 5 votes for Wells
GA: 2 votes for Goode, 2 votes for Wells
IL: 1 vote for Castle, 4 votes for Wells
IN: 2 votes for Castle, 1 for Wells
IA: 7 votes for Goode
KS: 10 votes for Ducey
LA: 8 votes for Goode
MD: 1 vote for Castle, 7 votes for Goode, 1 vote for Roth, 6 votes for Wells
MA: 3 votes for Goode
MI: 5 votes for Ducey, 10 votes for Goode, 5 votes for Roth, 6 votes for Wells
MN: 6 votes for Castle, 2 votes for Goode, 6 votes for Wells
MS: 6 votes for Castle, 2 votes for Goode, 4 votes for Wells
MO: 11 votes for Goode, 7 votes for Wells
NE: 5 votes for Goode
NV: 10 votes for Goode
NJ: 11 votes for Castle, 11 votes for Goode
NY: 3 votes for Castle, 2 votes for Goode, 3 votes for Wells
NC: 2 votes for Goode, 1 vote for Wells
OH: 20 votes for Goode
OK: 9 votes for Goode
PA: 2 votes for Castle, 10 votes for Goode
SC: 15 votes for Castle
SD: 9 votes for Castle, 1 vote for Goode, 1 vote for Wells
TN: 20 votes for Castle
TX: 3 for Castle, 3 for Goode
UT: 13 votes for Castle, 3 votes for Goode
VT: 3 votes for Goode
VA: 23 votes for Goode
WA: 16 votes for Castle, 3 votes for Goode
WV: 6 votes for Wells
WY: 3 votes for Goode

Goode did not win the nomination until the very last state, Wyoming, awarded its vote.

The final tally stood at Goode – 203, Castle – 120, Ducey – 15, Roth – 6, Wells – 58.

28 thoughts on “Constitution Party: Presidential Nomination Vote Breakdown by State

  1. Jeff Becker

    Thanks for the list. Earlier it was reported that Robby Wells carried Illinois, but that was in error. West Virginia was the only state he carried.

  2. Jeff Becker

    No, 403 votes. Votes are based on a formula that gives a baseline for congressional districts (population) and then rewards performance for such things as national meeting attendance and ballot access.

  3. Trent Hill Post author

    It seems like voter registrations should factor into the equation–a state which has .025% registrations should have less votes than a party like Nevada, where it has achieved 3.5% or whatever. It would be tough to keep track of, though, and not all states have registrations–so….

  4. D. Lou Shenol

    Glad I wasn’t involved in an opposition campaign to pro patriot act Goode! These numbers and this voting system “sucks” to say the least. There would have to be some answers given before we would accept such a “strange” process.

    Could someone please explain how Goode’s home state of VA has the second highest total of votes 23 and how South Dakota one of the smallest populated states and a measly 3 electoral college votes gets 11 votes here and NY gets 8, and TX 6? CA gets 8 yet they have little membership since the split with the AIP of CA. Needless to say as an outsider looking in your CP system needs overhauling and very soon.

    But most important of all how can a Party who names Jesus Christ by name and takes Constitution for it’s name completely throw one person one vote out the window and use the unjust ballot stuffing multi-votes by one voter ? It is rather shocking to me. I guess the Clymer “voice” vote seals the story. The CP is just an ole boys club with Party bosses running the show completely ! I supported Baldwin last time, the CP won’t have that happen again! Ron Paul people are seeing unjust election practices all over the U.S. and I don’t think they will want to support a third party who definitely is guilty of “strange” convention voting practices.

    Virgil Goode? he AIN”T NO Ron Paul that’s fer SHO !!!

    Virgil Goode? He’s NO Ron Paul, that’s for sure !!!!!!!!!

  5. RedPhillips

    “But most important of all how can a Party who names Jesus Christ by name and takes Constitution for it’s name completely throw one person one vote out the window and use the unjust ballot stuffing multi-votes by one voter?”

    D, I’m not sure I’m crazy about the way they weight the votes, but I’m not sure what Jesus or the Constitution have to do with one man one vote? Did Jesus somewhere endorse democracy and I missed it? And where is one man one vote in the Constitution? In fact, the Electoral College, the appointment of two Senators per state, etc. were deliberate attempts to prevent simple majoritarian democracy.

  6. Jeff Becker

    Lou, the vote totals allotted to each state delegation are based largely on state activism. The state’s population (congressional districts) is part of that formula, but only as a baseline.

    Thus, California, which is now under reorganization, only has it’s baseline, and no extra votes (points) for party activism. In Virginia, they have a decent baseline, but got points for sending committeemen to national meetings, paying state financial assessments, and securing presidential ballot access, albeit through a different party.

    West Virginia’s baseline was 3, but we got three extra points (votes) for our activism, and so forth.

    The state delegations divide their total available votes by the number of people physically in their attending delegation. I am surprised that there are no fractional votes listed.

  7. Trent Hill Post author

    “Glad I wasn’t involved in an opposition campaign to pro patriot act Goode! These numbers and this voting system “sucks” to say the least. There would have to be some answers given before we would accept such a “strange” process. ”

    Goode has repudiated his support for the Patriot Act and now supports repeal.

    I agree the weighted vote system needs tweaking–but I like that it rewards accomplishments.

  8. Austin Battenberg

    I used to be in his district in VA. I voted against him in 2006 because I was still a liberal at the time and didn’t like any Republicans. In 2008 I voted for him (along with Bob Barr), because it was either him or the Democrat who defeated him. And while I disagreed with his support of the Patriot Act and the Iraq War, what made him support him over Periello is that he was very much against the idea of a North American Union and world government. That being said, I would vote Johnson over Goode ANY day.

  9. Deran

    Question for clarification.

    I know California’s AIP left the CP in ’08 or so, and recently I read a post here on IPR abt the AIP, now seperated from Keyes, that was talking about the AIP reconsituting the AIP on a national level.

    My question is, in the CP listed as voting at the CP national convention a new entity, or is this the AIP?

    If this is not the AIP, how will Goode get on the CA ballot? Or is there some chance that the AIP nominate Goode at their state convention this year?

    Thanks in advance for any insights.

  10. Trent Hill Post author

    Deran—there is now a “Constitution Party of California” in the state, but it really has no hope of ballot access on its own. My guess is it number maybe 30-50 registered voters.

    The American Independent Party has recently sought some sort of national re-alignment by creating their own national party. I suspect that won’t be successful–it’s much harder than it seems.

    I think the Goode campaign, and many in the CP, are hoping that the AIP-CA can be brought back into the Constitution Party’s fold. Of course, many people are still hoping the same thing about the Montana and Oregon parties.

  11. Trent Hill Post author

    Jed–I’m not totally clear on that, to be honest. Maybe they did.

    Something I find interesting: The CP’s last presidential candidate, Chuck Baldwin, now lives in Montana. The CP’s last communications director, Mary Starrett, lives in Oregon.

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  13. Jeff Becker

    The Montana CP was reorganized last year and is active at http://cpmontana.org

    Chuck Baldwin joined the Republican party in MT so as run for Lieutenant Governor, but dropped out of the race due to finances.

    CP Communications Director Mary Starrett is a lone gun in Oregon with no official party reorganization as of yet (Oregon disaffiliated circa 2006).

    According to Ballot Access News, there are now 234 registered CP voters in California. The pirated AIP is now the state affiliate of “America’s Party” which are just a bunch of overly prude Alan Keyes fanatics.

    FYI, Idaho delegation did not attend due to a death in the family.

  14. JT

    Jeff: “No, 403 votes. Votes are based on a formula that gives a baseline for congressional districts (population) and then rewards performance for such things as national meeting attendance and ballot access.”

    Oh. So that means there are fewer than 403 delegates but some votes count more than others? How many total delegates?

  15. Trent Hill Post author

    JT–total delegates numbered around 150, I think.

    403 votes. They’re weighted by the population of the state, recent ballot access, etc.

  16. citizen1

    Each affiliate gets 2 votes for being a organized party with bylaws and a bank account. The votes are awarded for states that payed state assessments, ballot access for president, attendance at national committee meetings. Delegates for each state vote and the delegation chair has the authority to vote the states awarded votes in a winner take all manner or proportionally. Only votes on nomination of Pres. and VP are decided this way. All other votes are one vote per delegate.

  17. Audrey Queckboerner

    Thanks to Jeff Becker for reporting the facts on why some states were not represented. And to Citizen 1 for explaining how votes are obtained at the convention. Every state determines how those votes will be cast when they caucus. This is why it is so important that if you want to have a say, please join your state party and attend your state convention and run as a national delegate and attend the convention to vote.

  18. Audrey Queckboerner

    Paulie, it is not odd at all to have this kind of procedure for voting in the presidential/vice-presidential race as it provides incentive for states to get ballot access and pay their assessments. The more work you do, the more votes you can cast. Great illustration of free market principles.

  19. Trent Hill Post author

    George–thanks. Me, Red Phillips, and a range of reporters from the CP Convention put all this together. Getting state-by-state results is important to me for posterity because lots of people like to know. When the LP convention happens, I hope someone will write down the state-by-state numbers and email them to me ASAP for the first round, at least.

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