Illinois Democratic County Chairmen Release Straw Poll Results for Governor’s Race
Tremendous Response Demonstrates Democrats Eager to Take on Rauner
Last month 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.
- 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 www.ildcca.org/governor-straw-poll-results/
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.