For decades, a fear of discrimination kept Fred Karger from seeking office and coming out as openly gay.
When the Laguna Beach resident, a Republican and partner in a top political consulting firm, publicly came out in 2006 after campaigning against the closure of Laguna's iconic Boom Boom Room, he ignited an activist streak that led to a race to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Lesser-known candidates usually fight to get on ballots; Karger has made it on five, including California's. As of Wednesday, he was packing up for Utah, where he'll be on the ballot June 26.
In March, he beat Ron Paul in the Puerto Rico primary, garnering about 1,700 votes, or 1.4% of the electorate.
He has spent about $530,000 on his campaign, with $75,000 of that coming from fundraising efforts.
Some, though, may question why he continues.
"It's a historic candidacy in the first place," he said Monday, a day before the California primary. "I felt an obligation to fulfill that honor."