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Chairman’s association announces straw poll

Monday, Jan 23, 2017 - Posted by Rich Miller

* I told subscribers a bit about this poll earlier today…

The Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association announced that from Monday January 23rd to midnight on Sunday January 29th, it will conduct an online straw poll of its members and Democrats who join the organization via online submission to measure their preference for whom Democrats in Illinois should nominate for Governor.

The straw poll results, once tabulated, will be released to the public the following day on IDCCA’s website and social media channels. The straw poll will run from 10:30am on Monday January 23rd until midnight on January 29th.

“After two years of disastrous management under Governor Rauner and with the impending presidency of Donald Trump, Democrats must offer a positive vision to voters and draw their attention to the numerous well-qualified and exciting candidates who can lead Illinois into a better future,” said IDCCA President and Chairman of the Rock Island County Democrats Doug House.

The straw poll will be the first of its kind in Illinois to express the preference of activists, elected party leaders, and volunteers in all of Illinois’ 102 counties. IDCCA intends to conduct several more polls to continue drawing attention to the Democratic primary race for Governor.

The candidates included in the first straw poll are (in alphabetical order):

    • State Senator Daniel Biss
    • Congresswoman Cheri Bustos
    • Congresswoman Robin Kelly
    • Chris Kennedy
    • State Senator Andy Manar
    • Alderman Ameya Pawar
    • J.B. Pritzker
    • State Senator Kwame Raoul
    • City Treasurer Kurt Summers

“Since November, there has been tremendous energy and desire among the people to find a way to fight back. IDCCA and its members across Illinois are prepared to play a leadership role in harnessing this enthusiasm and preparing it for our eventual nominee,” said House.

The straw poll voting will occur via the web at:
http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edqhemzkiy8ustps/start [Fixed link - again]

The straw poll will be monitored by staff to prevent duplicate or fraudulent voting. Submission of an identifiable and valid email address and an Illinois zip code are the only requirements for membership in IDCCA and for the vote to be counted. This straw poll is not scientific and should not be construed as an accurate measurement of public opinion among Democratic primary voters.

If you vote, let us know which way you went and why.

…Adding… The link has now been fixed. Click here. [I had to fix the link again. Sorry about that! The second time was on me. Oops!]

       

45 Comments
  1. - Come on Man! - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:25 am:

    Am I the only one finding the link is broken?


  2. - very old soil - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:25 am:

    No Pat Quinn? /s


  3. - MissingG - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:26 am:

    Yeah, the link won’t work for me either


  4. - Six Degrees of Separation - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:28 am:

    Or Valerie Jarrett?


  5. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:30 am:

    Straw polls are awesome fundraising mechanisms. Not so great as predictors of the future, as President Michelle Bachmann and President Cruz can attest.


  6. - Tom B. - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:33 am:

    There was a glitch in the release link, it’s been fixed. Sorry about that folks.


  7. - West Wing - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:39 am:

    Where’s Tom Dart?


  8. - Rocky Rosi - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:39 am:

    If J.B. runs and can pull a reverse Trump, he wins. The straw poll is just for entertainment.


  9. - DuPage Bard - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:43 am:

    Interesting- says I already took the poll?


  10. - Amalia - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:45 am:

    the link says I have already taken the survey….nope!


  11. - Southern Guy - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:49 am:

    Hopefully Pat Quinn gets the message that he isn’t wanted, but my guess is he’ll try to use his populas rethoric about being an “outsider.”


  12. - BIG R. Ph. - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:53 am:

    These kinds of activities promote the person with the best name recognition and try to eliminate some names. Presumably, this lessens the amount that the candidates have to spend in the primary.
    As we have seen from the last election the Democrats ended up with the candidate that the insiders wanted (HRC) but not who the people wanted (Bernie).
    The Republicans went through the very messy process of standing in a circle and having 16 candidates shoot at each other until 1 survived. Did they end up with the correct candidate?? Not my first choice but they did win the election.

    Let democracy run it’s course! It’s a messy system but it is better than all of the rest.


  13. - illinoised - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    It says I already took the poll.


  14. - #5 - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 11:00 am:

    If you go to http://ildcca.org/ there is a “Take Our Straw Poll” link that will let you get to the survey.


  15. - AnonInQC - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 11:00 am:

    I think all the chair’s association is trying to accomplish is increasing its own name id. This isn’t some Machiavellian play by party insiders.


  16. - illinoised - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 11:11 am:

    I voted Pritzker because it is a money game, with Manar as Lt. Governor.

    I like Manar but am worried about him garnering enough campaign money.


  17. - Arsenal - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 11:19 am:

    ==As we have seen from the last election the Democrats ended up with the candidate that the insiders wanted (HRC) but not who the people wanted (Bernie).==

    More of the people voted for HRC.


  18. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 11:26 am:

    I was kind of wondering where Dart was too actually.


  19. - RNUG - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 11:27 am:

    == More of the people voted for HRC. ==

    But not in enough states where it mattered.


  20. - Arsenal - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 11:29 am:

    ==But not in enough states where it mattered.==

    I think we were talking about the primary.


  21. - Faustian - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 11:45 am:

    Hoping the Dems pick Pawar or Raul so as to appeal to downstate voters


  22. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 11:48 am:

    ===I think we were talking about the primary.===

    Either way. She dominated red states that were never going to be won by her in the general.


  23. - Downstate Dem - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    Since the county chairs association is a downstate-based organization, their current membership / email list is weighted heavily to downstate chairs and activities which will give the downstaters listed (Manar, Bustos) a big leg up.


  24. - Roman - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 12:47 pm:

    I’m suddenly getting a ton of email from the county chairs — is there an effort afoot to raise their profile to shift attention from Madigan being chair of the state party?

    The fact that Madigan holds that position creates a messaging problem for the Dems. The state Dem chairman could and should be the chief attack dog against Rauner right now, but Madigan can’t fill that role because it plays right into the Rauner v. Madigan narrative the GOP is pushing. This is a real problem for the Dems.


  25. - Ratso Rizzo - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 12:54 pm:

    Voted for Pritzker because I think he has the best chance against Rauner. I wrote in Robin Kelly at Lt Gov because we need some diversity.


  26. - Ratso Rizzo - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 12:56 pm:

    There are some quality candidates in there…Pritzker, Manar, Bustos, Biss and Pawar. Pritzker and possibly Kennedy are the only ones who can match Rauner dollar for dollar.


  27. - Amalia - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 12:56 pm:

    Bernie people, math! you did not get as close to HRC in the primary as she was to Obama. it’s a fact, not an alternative fact.

    nor did he fold gracefully and quickly. he was quicker to write an editorial stating how we should work on certain things with Trump (consult the Tribune) than he was to endorse her. result? the orange nightmare in DC. thanks.


  28. - Arsenal - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    ==She dominated red states that were never going to be won by her in the general.==

    So? Those voters are people, too.

    It’s really weird to rest the “people’s choice” claim on ignoring certain people.


  29. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 1:43 pm:

    Kwame Raoul w/ John Bradley for Lt.Gov. The Gov needs two key things: 1) understand how gov’t in Illinois works and 2) understand the state budget. Those two would have the best potential to set things right. If the rich guys (Kennedy & Pritzger) love Illinois enough to save it, they should be able to find a way to use their resources to support Raoul.


  30. - Pot - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 2:20 pm:

    I voted for Pritzker and for Lt. Governor A.J. Wilhelmi.

    Pritzker is committed to early childhood, a proven job creator, business tech incubators and has the money to compete with Rauner. A.J. would energize the Will County base, knows Medicaid/healthcare, great personality, has experience in the legislative branch (served as vice chairman of the Senate Agriculture & Conservation Committee and served on Transportation, Education, Appropriations II, Gaming and Environment Committees)and he currently represents over 200 hospitals and health systems that have been hurt by Rauner’s lack of budget.


  31. - Downstate Dem - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    I voted for the ticket that can win in two years — Kennedy for Gov, Bustos for Lt. Gov.


  32. - Amalia - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 3:06 pm:

    Downstate Dem, you have a good idea with that ticket!


  33. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 3:17 pm:

    @Arsenal

    I see your point. I am just making an argument that she won a ton of states in the primary that she wasn’t going to actually win in the general. But I agree, the person with the most number of votes is the “people’s choice”.


  34. - Downstate Dem - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 3:19 pm:

    Thanks, Amalia … I think it’s a winner … Kennedy has been very well received in downstate areas like DuQuoin and the Southern 20, Rock Island, Kankakee, Springfield … His speech to 2,000 people at the Rock Island County Labor Day event went over very well … Bustos brings a lot of talent to the ticket and - together - they could network it and raise adequate resources.


  35. - Veil of Ignorance - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 3:47 pm:

    Voted Biss. Not Madigan’s puppet, smart, and respected by members. I think people are overweighting the money issue; Rauner didn’t beat Quinn because he had more money. Even Trump whipped several GOP opponents who spent more. But don’t folks want somebody who actually knows our state government and can articulate a vision to solve our current problems as an alternative to Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda? I just don’t see the Cook County base rallying around a billionaire…it’s tone deaf on what’s going on politically in Chicago.


  36. - J - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 3:50 pm:

    Voted Manar with Jehan Gordon-Booth as Lt Gov.


  37. - BIG R. Ph. - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 4:02 pm:

    Yes I am talking about the primary process

    HRC had 602 “Super Delegates” vs 48 for Bernie.

    “Regular delegates” were 2205 for HRC vs 1846 for Bernie.

    Neither candidate got to 2,382 needed for nomination without the Supers.

    A case could easily be made that Bernie could have won the nomination.


  38. - banchan - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 4:33 pm:

    ==Bernie people, math!==

    Gosh! the democrats should stop it and unite! hillary somehow lost to a man who had never run for office before, and said and proposed a multitude of things most americans disagreed with. now is not the time to defend hillary, she had her chance to run and she lost. Now is the time to move on and devise a winnable strategy to take on trump.


  39. - Loop Lady - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 7:58 pm:

    What Ratso Rizzo said…


  40. - West Wing - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 8:05 pm:

    Tom Dart for Governor.


  41. - Winnin' - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 8:30 pm:

    Sort of a shoot yourself in the foot exercise by the ads, since those voting are asked to disclose their names. An attempted exercise in transparency and good government, bit many will not vote.


  42. - Arsenal - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 8:48 pm:

    ==Neither candidate got to 2,382 needed for nomination without the Supers.==

    But Clinton clearly had more, and she ran up a pretty healthy margin in the popular vote.

    ==A case could easily be made that Bernie could have won the nomination.==

    Only if the supers had all flipped to him. Using party insiders to overturn the popular vote really isn’t the move “the people’s choice” makes.


  43. - Arsenal - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 8:49 pm:

    ==An attempted exercise in transparency and good government, bit many will not vote.==

    Think you’re missing the point. It’s not a goo-goo move. IDCCA isn’t a government entity. It’s all about building up a list.


  44. - A Modest Proposal - Monday, Jan 23, 17 @ 9:15 pm:

    I wrote in Scott Drury, cause he is a former federal prosecutor and something….


  45. - Biker - Tuesday, Jan 24, 17 @ 12:12 am:

    Bustos/Biss or Bustos/Raoul
    Jobs for the Future/ Jobs and a Budget


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