IL Dems Straw Poll: Sanders wins with Buttegieg a close 2nd

//IL Dems Straw Poll: Sanders wins with Buttegieg a close 2nd

For Immediate Release:
Monday May 13, 2019
Toby Trimmer, Communications Director
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Vermont Senator captures over 27% of 7,100 respondents

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – In mid-April, the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association released an online poll asking Democrats who they prefer as the Party’s 2020 nominee. And, with more than 1,700 votes (27 percent), Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders showed the strongest popularity among 7,100 respondents. While not a scientific survey, the straw poll is the largest collection of 2020 presidential opinions among Illinois Democrats to date.

“This survey has been a fun, albeit unscientific, exercise,” said IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik. “It gives us a sense of who has some momentum in these early stages of the 2020 race for the nomination. Senator Sanders built a passionate support network in 2016 and, since then, many of those advocates have engaged with county party organizations, helping to elect a wave of Illinois Democrats in 2018. The IDCCA continues to welcome the partnership of enthusiastic supporters whether be from the Sanders camp or any other movement of change-makers.”

The online poll included a listing of 27 announced Democrats or candidates who were considering a run for the 2020 presidential nomination. Participants were also offered the opportunity to add their own preferred write-in candidate, though few legitimate submissions were received. Instead, 50 percent of poll respondents supported either Sanders or South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttegieg. Buttegieg received 1,479 votes, earning him over 23 percent of the total poll.

Buttegieg was a last minute keynote speaker to the IDCCA’s 2018 Chairs’ Brunch after former Vice President Joe Biden was unable to attend due to illness. To a packed house of more than 3,000 Illinois democrats, Buttegieg successfully beta tested his presidential stump speech; a speech that has connected with scores of American Democrats who are considering a relative newcomer to the national scene.

But, Zahorik says the roller coaster of contender ups and downs hasn’t really started just yet.

“The results we are looking at must be taken with a grain of salt,” said Zahorik. “There are strong women and candidates of color who are building remarkable momentum. There are real challenges to well-known names who, in the past, have proven their abilities at the ballot box. Simply put, this is an open field for any candidate who can bring Democrats together to take back the White House and our country in 2020.”

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About the IDCCA…

The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is a statewide, grassroots Democratic Party organization comprised of the elected Democratic County Chairs in all 102 counties in Illinois. The mission of the IDCCA is to help elect Democrats in every county and region of Illinois while continuing to grow the Democratic Party throughout the state. McHenry County Chair Kristina Zahorik is the President of the IDCCA.

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