In 1964, Governor George Wallace ran for president as a Democrat. He planned to run again in 1968, but Democrats rejected his segregationist platform; and so a new, ultra-conservative party was created in California to put him on the ballot. It was called the American Independent Party and it still exists. In fact, it boasts more registered voters than all the other small parties combined. The problem is, according to an investigation carried out by the LA Times, most of its members joined the American Independent Party by mistake.
The Accidental Popularity of the American Independent Party
- John Myers - Los Angeles Times - @johnmyers