Super Tuesday primaries show Syracuse native Howie Hawkins taking a lead in the Green Party’s race for presidential candidate. The entirety of the North Carolina vote has been tabulated, with 99.9 percent of the vote in California following behind.
With five candidates running for office from the Green Party and 402 total possible delegates allocated for the Green Party nomination, a win in the first round would require 202 delegates. The outcome of Super Tuesday green primaries will earn Hawkins a considerable portion of the 43 delegates allocated to California for the Green Party nomination. By winning 60 percent of the vote in North Carolina, all four delegates there have been allocated to Hawkins.
Howie Hawkins is a 66-year-old Syracuse resident with a history of political leadership and activism, being a co-founder of the Green Party with continued efforts in bringing environmental policy into the political conversation. He advocates for and supports clean energy, more funding for education and universal health care.
He has made an ecosocialist Green New Deal a main focus of his campaign. Hawkins describes his platform as acting quickly to, “immediately go to 100 percent renewable energy while also providing economic security and justice for everyone.” He maintains his belief that, “Greens remain the party of the 99 percent.”
Preliminary information shows a strong showing for Hawkins in a few Massachusetts towns, including Northampton and Gloucester. The Green Party nomination is scheduled to take place from July 9-12, 2020 in Detroit, MI.