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Friday, June 27, 2003


Dean wins MoveOn poll, but not endorsement

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, June 27, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Dean won the MoveOn poll, earning 43.9% of the vote. Kucinich earned 23.9% and Kerry 15.7%. Tis means that Dean doesn;t get the official endorsement - but we are very close. It looks like Kucinich is playing a spolier role to Dean for the progressive vote, which in unsurprising but still a major problem (and Dean certainly can't make any "electability" appeals to Kucinich voters!).

It is also interesting to look at the results from the multiple-choice poll:

DEAN 26486686.02%
GRAHAM 15304549.70%
KERRY 23183075.29%

This is actually the more important number - 86% of those who voted in the MoveOn primary would also support Dean. It's very probable that there will be more MoveOn primaries in the future and it's clear that Dean has demonstrated that he has the ability to win. Even without MoveOn's official endorsement, the exposure to the broader audience has strengthened him at teh expense of virtually every other candidate... except Kucinich.


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