Demo­crat El­iz­a­beth War­ren tops in lo­cal polls

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BENI­CIA >> In a re­cent poll of Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates taken by the Pro­gres­sive Democrats of Beni­cia (PDB), Se­na­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren re­ceived 36.8 per­cent of the votes cast, with Sen. Bernie San­ders plac­ing sec­ond at 28.9 per­cent, the club an­nounced.

Also re­ceiv­ing votes were Amy Klobuchar with 21.1 per­cent and Pete But­tigieg with 13.2 per­cent. Can­di­dates Joe Bi­den, Mike Bloomberg, and Tulsi Gab­bard each re­ceived no votes.

“That’s a pretty strong show­ing by War­ren among our mem­bers,” said Ralph Den­nis, chair of PDB, in a club news re­lease. It wasn’t enough to re­ceive the club’s en­dorse­ment which re­quired 50 per­cent plus one of all votes cast.

“This was the first time we al­lowed vot­ing through our web site, and a lot of the votes were cast online af­ter the meet­ing,” Den­nis added.

Den­nis said he be­lieves the club will use the online vot­ing op­tion in fu­ture endorsemen­ts or polls con­ducted.

The poll was the cul­mi­na­tion of a panel dis­cus­sion held on Feb. 12 in Beni­cia by PDB in which rep­re­sen­ta­tives of six Demo­cratic can­di­dates for Pres­i­dent had a lively ex­change of ideas with an over­flow au­di­ence at the Beni­cia Li­brary. Mem­bers of PDB were el­i­gi­ble to cast votes through Feb. 19.

Cal­i­for­nia’s pri­mary is March 3 and vot­ing by mail, in bal­lot is al­ready un­der­way. De­tails on the Solano County web­site, solanocoun­ty.com/depts/rov/.

For more in­for­ma­tion about PDB, see pro­gres­sivedemocr­at­sof­beni­cia.org/.

SUE OGROCKI — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, D-Mass., waits for the selfie line fol­low­ing a town hall in Jan­uary.

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