Clinton Wins Connolly’s Straw Poll Vote

Hillary Clinton took the lion’s share of the vote in a straw poll conducted Tuesday at Rep. Gerry Connolly’s annual St. Patrick’s Day event. More than 1,100 elected officials, candidates, and party faithful from Northern Virginia and Richmond gathered in the Kena Temple ballroom for Connolly’s 21st annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete.

Former Secretary of State and First Lady Clinton took 48 percent of the vote in Connolly’s Democratic Presidential straw poll. Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb garnered 15 percent, followed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at 10 percent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with 7 percent, and Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, each with 6 percent. Write-ins for a variety of other names accounted for 8 percent of the straw poll vote. Straw polls are a tradition at the annual event.