On August 13, the American Independent Party held its state convention in Sacramento, and nominated Donald Trump for President and Michael Pence for Vice-President. The California election code, section 13105(c), permits two qualified parties to jointly nominate the same presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The November ballot will list Trump and Pence, followed by “Republican, American Independent.”
The two parties will each nominate the same set of presidential elector candidates. California has 55 electoral votes. Probably the Republican Party will choose 50 and the AIP will choose five, and then both parties will submit the same list of presidential elector candidates. This will be the first time since 1940 that two parties in California jointly nominated the same presidential candidate.