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Saturday, June 06, 2015

 5:33 PM 

WisPolitics.com straw poll: WisDem conventioneers favor Clinton for president, Sanders close second

Democratic Party of Wisconsin conventioneers backed Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination next year, while Bernie Sanders finished a strong second, according to a WisPolitics.com straw poll.

Meanwhile, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma was favored in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary straw poll.

Clinton drew support from 252 of the 511 delegates, alternates and registered guests who voted in the straw poll. Sanders was backed by 208, while Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley tied for a distant third with 16 votes each.

Clinton was also the favorite of activists at last year’s convention, taking almost 55 percent of the vote in the WisPolitics.com straw poll.

In the governor’s race, Vinehout drew 149 votes, while Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse was second with 89 votes and U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse was third with 85.

Vinehout, in her third term as a state senator from western Wisconsin, was weighing a 2014 bid for governor when she was involved in a car crash and decided against a run as she recovered from her injuries. She also sought the party’s nomination in the 2012 recall attempt of Gov. Scott Walker, finishing a distant third in the Democratic primary with 4 percent of the vote.

State Dem officials said 1,590 delegates, alternates and registered guests attended the convention.

See the full release.

-- By Staff

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