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Saturday, June 07, 2014

 1:58 PM 

Straw poll: Conventioneers overwhelmingly favor Burke for guv, Clinton for president

WISCONSIN DELLS -- Democratic Party of Wisconsin conventioneers overwhelmingly backed Mary Burke for the party’s gubernatorial nomination this fall and favored Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, according to a WisPolitics.com straw poll.

Burke, the former Trek Bicycle executive who has been endorsed by the party’s administrative committee and addressed the convention Friday night, was supported by 317 party activists. Fourteen voted for state Rep. Brett Hulsey of Madison, who was not allowed to address the convention.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, 299 activists backed state Sen. John Lehman of Racine for the party’s nomination, while 27 supported Mary Jo Walters, a Milwaukee activist. Lehman has also been endorsed by the party’s administrative committee.

The results were much closer in the three-way race for attorney general. State Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee was backed by 167 delegates, while Jefferson County DA Susan Happ received 111 votes. Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne was a distant third with 54 votes.

In the presidential race, 185 delegates favored Clinton, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was next with 81 votes. Vice President Joe Biden was well back in third place with 18 votes.

State Dem officials said 1,012 delegates, alternates and registered guests attended the convention.

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-- By Staff


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