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Saturday, June 13, 2009

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WisPolitics: Dem activists favor Lawton next year if Doyle doesn't run

Contact: JR Ross
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GREEN BAY -- Wisconsin Democratic activists favored Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton to be the party's candidate for governor next year if Gov. Jim Doyle opts against seeking a third term, according to the annual convention straw poll conducted by WisPolitics.com.

Party activists were also asked whether they believed Scott Walker or Mark Neumann would be more beatable as the GOP gubernatorial candidate next year. Walker, the Milwaukee County executive, received 124 votes, compared to 90 for Neumann, a home builder and former congressman from southeastern Wisconsin.

Eighty-two attendees said they would back Lawton if Doyle doesn't run next year, while 33 favored Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Twenty-nine picked state Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Waunakee, while 28 favored U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse.

At last year's convention, Dem activists favored Hillary Clinton as Barack Obama's running mate and backed former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager as the candidate they would most like to see challenge current AG J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican.

In this year's WisPolitics straw poll at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin convention in Green Bay, 214 valid ballots were cast by convention delegates, alternates and official guests. There were more than 700 official attendees at the convention, according to the DPW.

Only one vote per person was allowed, and only ballots with one candidate marked in each category were counted. This poll in no way was endorsed by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

WisPolitics, since it was launched in 2000, has conducted straw polls at state Republican and Democratic party conventions and considers them but one measure of a candidate's popularity and viability.

Paper balloting was conducted Friday and Saturday at this year's convention.

WisPolitics.com is an independent non-partisan political news service based in Madison, Wis. WisPolitics also operates these companion sites: WisOpinion.com, WisBusiness.com and IowaPolitics.com.

2009 DEM CONVENTION STRAW POLL QUESTIONS, RESULTS
214 total ballots cast

1) If Gov. Jim Doyle doesn't run for re-election next year, which politician would you support in the 2010 party primary?
--Barb Lawton 82
--Tom Barrett 33
--Jon Erpenbach 29
--Ron Kind 28
--Kathleen Falk 18
--Russ Decker 8
--Mike Sheridan 2
Write-in votes, 14 total


2) Which of the top two likely Republican candidates for governor next year would be the most beatable?
--Scott Walker 124
--Mark Neumann 90

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