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2008 Green National Convention

2008 Green National Convention
2008 Presidential Election
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McKinney and Clemente
Date(s) July 10–14
City Chicago, Illinois
Venue Palmer House Hilton (July 10 – 13)
Symphony Center (July 14)
Presidential nominee Fmr. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (GA)
Vice Presidential nominee Rosa Clemente (NY)
Other candidates Chm. Kat Swift (TX)
2004  ·  2012
On stage at the Symphony Center after Cynthia McKinney accepted the presidential nomination

The 2008 Green National Convention took place on July 10–14, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois at the Palmer House Hilton and Symphony Center.[1] This served as both the venue for the Presidential Nominating Convention and the Annual Meeting of the Green Party of the United States.


The convention was headquartered at the historic Palmer House Hilton, while the nomination event itself took place at the nearby Symphony Center on July 12.

Presidential candidates


2008 Green Party National Convention total vote count
Candidate Presidential Primaries
& Caucuses Apportioned
National Convention
Delegates' Vote2
(542 total)
Cynthia McKinney 304½ 324
Ralph Nader3 147 85½
Kat Swift 24 38½
Kent Mesplay 29½ 35
Jesse Johnson 27 32½
Elaine Brown 9 9
Jared Ball4 11 8
No candidate 10
Uncommitted 40 2
Color key: 1st place 2nd place Withdrawn
3rd place 4th place 5th place
1 "2008 Green Party Presidential Nomination Delegate Count". GPUS. July 3, 2008. 
2 "2008 Presidential Convention Ballot Results". GPUS. July 2008. 
3 Nader did not seek the Green Party nomination. His total includes 8 delegates from
Illinois where Howie Hawkins stood on the ballot in his place.
4 Endorsed Cynthia McKinney.

Running mate

After McKinney's nomination, the convention delegates selected her stated choice of running mate Rosa Clemente for the vice-presidential nomination through a voice vote of delegates.[4]


Video of Convention

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