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Biss Wins Straw Poll of Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates



    Dem. Candidates for Governor Join Women's Forum

    Four Democratic candidates for Illinois governor took part in a forum organized by dozens of women’s groups Saturday.

    (Published Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017)

    Democratic State Sen. Daniel Biss won the straw poll conducted after the Women's Forum for the Democratic Candidates this past Saturday. Only the candidates who participated in the forum were part of the poll. It was conducted for two hours online after the event was over.

    The totals were:

    Biss 46 percent

    Pritzker 29 percent

    Kennedy 23 percent

    Hardiman .7 percent

    Biss spokesman Thomas Elliott says "These results show that Democratic primary voters are looking for a middle-class progressive with government experience to lead our state forward, and Daniel Biss is that candidate.

    "And while the Democratic establishment would like to coronate an inexperienced billionaire and 'shut down' this competitive primary, we’re taking our case directly to the voters. We’re building a grassroots movement of people across the state who want someone they trust to represent them, not the status quo."

    Elliott added that he believes Illinois residents are responding to Biss's message about building a state government that "works for them, not the wealthy and well-connected."

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