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Saturday, January 15, 2005


Dean Leading DNC Race

posted by Christopher at Saturday, January 15, 2005 permalink View blog reactions

Political Wire reports that polling of 40% of DNC delegates reveals that among those with a preference (including 1st and 2nd ballots), Dean is leading the race for DNC Chair with about 40% of the total (or 74 total votes). This is a significant plurality given the number of candidates in the race. Dean's closest competitor is Rep. Martin Frost of Texas with about 30% (or 50 total votes). Encouraging news, but we still have a long way to go between now and February 12th.

You can read more analysis of this by Jerome Armstrong at

USA Today also has a brief article on the DNC race and the impact that technology and Dean's message has played in the race.


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