Moran, Wagner Prevail in Fairfax Straw Poll
Former delegate Brian Moran, a candidate for governor, and Jody Wagner, a candidate for lieutenant governor, came out on top at this weekend's Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee straw poll in Fairfax County.
According to party leaders, Moran won the straw poll with 83 votes. State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) came in second with 43 votes. Terry McAuliffe, also a Democratic candidate for governor, received 33 votes.
Deeds and Moran spoke at the event. McAuliffe was invited to speak, but he did not attend.
In the lieutenant governor's race, Wagner beat her nearest opponent by 18 votes. Wagner received 62 votes compared to Jon Bowerbank's 44 votes. Pat Edmonson, a Virginia Beach school board member, came in third with 18 votes. Attorney Michael Signer received 15 votes. Richmond-based political strategist Rich Savage got 10 votes.
Straw polls are sometimes used to gauge a campaign's organizational skills, but they are often meaningless when it comes to trying to forecast broader public opinion.
Last year, a few days before Virginia's Feb. 12 primary, then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Mount Vernon District Democratic committee straw poll with 100 votes compared to President Barack Obama's 80 votes.
A few days later, Sen. Linda T. "Toddy" Puller (D-Fairfax) accused the Clinton campaign of skewing the results by sending "young people" from Arlington to cast votes for Clinton.
Obama easily carried Fairfax County in the primary.
But Fairfax County Democratic leaders say there did not appear to be any organized effort by any of the candidates this year to bus in or buy up a bloc of tickets for the dinner.
February 23, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig
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