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September 10, 2003

Dean, Clark Win in North Texas Labor Day Straw Poll

By Byron LaMasters

The Dallas County Democratic Party held a Labor Day poll at their annual Labor Day picnic event at Fair Park. Over 800 people showed up, and here were the results:

North Texas Labor Day Presidential Straw Poll
Candidate Votes %
Howard Dean 266 49.5%
Wesley Clark 107 19.9%
John Kerry 52 9.7%
Richard Gephardt 40 7.4%
Dennis Kucinich 37 6.9%
Hillary Clinton 10 1.9%
John Edwards 10 1.9%
Al Sharpton 7 1.3%
Bob Graham 3 0.6%
Joe Lieberman 3 0.6%
Carole Mosley Braun 2 0.4%

So, what does this mean? I actually think that it's worth taking a serious look at the poll. While not scientific, unlike Internet polls that can be spammed easily, this poll required the attendance of those polled. Thus Deaniacs couldn't skew the poll, nor could Republicans for Sharpton. It was a poll of 537 real, activist Democrats on who they supported for President. It tells me three things. One, Democrats really like Howard Dean. He has real grassroots support among the activist base of the Democratic Party *duh*. Second, and most significantly, is a LOT of people really want Wesley Clark to run. As a non-candidate, he had at least twice as much support as every candidate but Dean. Finally, this poll shows, that at least in the Dallas area, no other candidate has much of a significant following among activist / base Democratic primary voters.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at September 10, 2003 12:03 AM | TrackBack


Curious: when (not if, but when) Hillary jumps into the race, will Dean supporters join her bandwagon in hopes of defeating Bush, or will they see it is a selfish betrayal of Dean and those who worked to secure his nomination?

Posted by: Mark Harden at September 10, 2003 10:29 AM

Ain't gonna happen, Mark.

Posted by: phil at September 10, 2003 04:24 PM

Ain't gonna happen, Mark.

But, if it did, would the Deaners feel cheated? Or would they join up with her as the best chance to regain the White House?

Posted by: Mark Harden at September 10, 2003 08:39 PM

It's amazing how far Kerry has dropped since he was the "front-runner".

Posted by: On-Vacation at September 13, 2003 04:55 PM

A little while ago, I posted this comment at several blogs (at entries relating to Dean and Clark):

I could say several things about both Dean and Clark. As I've said before, Wesley Clark is a war criminal, something that conservatives, libertarians, and liberals have all agreed upon.

As for Dean, I think that he may not be as liberal as many people say. Conservative youth blogger (and former Bush administration member) Ben Domenech has made this point, as has leading conservative youth blogger Josh Claybourn. Both have predicted that he will be the Democratic party's nominee.

I am a conservative and a College Republican, so I of course would not support a candidate like Dean, however, I recenly wrote an article containing advice from conservatives to Dr. Dean, about how he may be able to better his chances of winning the nomination, and perhaps the presidency, as well. My piece actually contains advice from conservative journalists who are offering insightful ideas to Dr. Dean, which, if implemented, could help him garner the votes that he needs to win. The focus, though, is on the advice of one particular journalist, and I've enclosed in my article his recent piece dealing with a specific issue - one that could have an impact on the presidential campaign. If you're interested, take a look at my memo to Howard Dean - it is featured in my latest blog entry.

Find out which major issue could provide the key for unlocking the door to Dr. Dean's chances of winning the White House.

Posted by: Aakash at September 13, 2003 08:52 PM
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