Donald Trump will be presented to California voters on Nov. 8 as the nominee of two different political parties, after leaders of the ultra-conservative American Independent Party voted to select the New York real estate developer as its standard bearer.
It will be the first time a presidential candidate is listed on the California ballot as the choice of two parties in at least 80 years, state election officials said.
â€œWe are the demographic that Trump is appealing to,â€ said Markham Robinson, the secretary of the American Independent Party of California. â€œWe are heeding the voice of our voters.â€
Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, were chosen over the weekend by AIP members at the partyâ€™s convention in Sacramento. Robinson said 19 state party members voted in the nomination process, the vast majority of them for the two Republicans.