American Independent Party

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American Independent Party is a United States American political party. The party was established in 1968 by Alabama governor George Wallace. Wallace was on every state ballot. Wallace and his running mate Curtis E. LeMay received 13.5% of the popular vote and 46 electoral votes. The party was opposed to Civil Rights Act of 1964 and opposed to federal government welfare programs.

In 1969, representatives from 38 states established the American Party as the successor to the American Independent Party. In 1972, the party nominated former Congressman John G. Schmitz of California for president. In 1976, the American Party split into the American Party, which included more northern conservatives and Schmitz supporters, and the American Independent Party, which focused on the deep South. Both of the parties have nominated candidates for the presidency and other offices. Neither the American Party or the American Independent Party have had much national success.

The American Independent Party is still active in the state of California, where it has become the state affiliate for the national Constitution Party.

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See also: List of political parties in the United States

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