Illinois Democratic County Chairmen Release Straw Poll Results for Governor’s Race

//Illinois Democratic County Chairmen Release Straw Poll Results for Governor’s Race

For Immediate Release

January 30, 2017
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Illinois Democratic County Chairmen Release Straw Poll Results for Governor’s Race
Tremendous Response Demonstrates Democrats Eager to Take on Rauner

Springfield, IL – Today the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association (IDCCA) announced the results of their online straw poll conducted from Monday January 23rd to midnight on Sunday January 29th.  The poll asked respondents to select their preferred Democrat candidate to run for Governor and Lt. Governor in 2018. The result was comprised of its existing members and Democrats who joined the organization via online submission of name, email, and zip code.  More than 5,352 ballots were cast online.

“The winner of this first ever measurement of Democratic Party leaders, grass roots activists, and volunteers was our Party as a whole,” said IDCCA President and Chairman of the Rock Island County Democrats Doug House.  “The overwhelming response we received demonstrates that Democrats are ready to take on Bruce Rauner and bring Illinois back from the devastation he has caused our state.”

The straw poll results are as follows.  These results were tabulated from 5,352 responses and examined for duplicates and interference by IDCCA team members.  This poll is not a scientific representation of the Democratic Primary electorate.


  1.             State Senator Daniel Biss 25%
    2.         Alderman Ameya Pawar                    15%
    3.         Chris Kennedy                                    12%
    4.         Congresswoman Cheri Bustos           11%
    5.         J.B. Pritzker                                        10%
    6.         State Senator Andy Manar                 7%
    7.         Congresswoman Robin Kelly             4%
    8.         State Senator Kwame Raoul              2%
    9.         City Treasurer Kurt Summers            1%

* 13% of responses were for write in candidates.

Full results will be available at

President House further noted that the overwhelming response to this poll indicated the hunger for more information about the candidates for Governor.

“We were thrilled to see such a strong response from Democrats across Illinois and will take this opportunity to feature each announced candidate for Governor through our website, social media channels, and information packets distributed to our 102 County Chairmen,” said House. “Voters in Illinois, having seen the devastating effects of Rauner’s lack of leadership and now Trump’s first week in office, are desperate for a way to fight back.  IDCCA stands ready to point them in the direction of our Democratic candidates.”

Finally, House indicated IDCCA would build upon this success with additional polls.

“This is the beginning of the campaign to determine our nominee, and we strongly believe that there needs to be more attention on our field, not less.  We will engage our leaders, newly acquired members, and the candidates in the future to bring further attention to our tremendous field of candidates,” House concluded.

The Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association is a state wide, grassroots Democratic political organization. It is made up of the elected Democratic County Chairmen in all 102 counties in Illinois. The mission of the IDCCA is to help elect Democrats in each county while continuing to grow the Democratic Party in the State of Illinois. Rock Island County Chairman Doug House is the President of the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association. Learn more at, and