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Saturday, June 12, 2010

 3:26 PM 

WisPolitics.com straw poll: Dem activists back lt. gov. candidate Sanders, incumbent treas., secretary of state

Activists attending the state Democratic Party convention backed Madison businessman Henry Sanders in the primary race for lieutenant governor.

And while Democratic activists also backed the incumbent Dem state treasurer and secretary of state in their primaries, a majority of those who voted on the question backed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett's plan to eliminate the state posts, according to the annual convention straw poll conducted by WisPolitics.com.

Sanders (left) received 326 votes to win the lieutenant governor straw poll over Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson of Kaukauna, who received 167 votes, Sen. Spencer Coggs of Milwaukee, who received 43 votes, and former Lodi alderman James Schneider, who received 11 votes.

Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, who is not running for re-election, received two of the write-in votes.

Delegates and guests at the convention at the Madison Mariott West in Middleton also supported incumbent state Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass and Secretary of State Doug LaFollette overwhelmingly in the straw poll. Sass received 382 votes compared to 122 votes for primary challenger Daniel Bohrod, a Madison budget analyst. Thirty-two-year incumbent LaFollette received 388 votes against 86 for Jeremy Ryan, a 21-year-old Madison primary challenger.

One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross, who ran unsuccessfully in a primary against LaFollette in 2006, received 16 of the write-in votes for Secretary of State.

When asked whether the positions should be eliminated, 235 voted to eliminate the positions compared to 186 who wish to keep them. One hundred thirty had no preference on the question and 13 registered no vote.

Dem gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett proposed eliminating the Secretary of State and Treasurer positions as part of a list of cost-saving measures. Responsibilities of the positions would be consolidated under other state agencies and the lieutenant governor’s office under Barrett’s plan.

In all, 564 ballots were cast by the 1,100 delegates and 200 registered guests who attended the convention.


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