An East Bay Democratic club has endorsed a presidential candidate other than their party’s apparent frontrunner, while a Peninsula Republican committee’s unscientific straw poll finds a GOP insurgent neck-and-neck with a more establishment candidate.
Sanders, who’s running well to the left of frontrunner Hillary Clinton, acknowledges he’s an underdog. TriValley Democratic Club members agree, according to a statement sent by club president Ellis Goldberg, but feel “it is more important to back someone who speaks for us rather than someone who can attract the money it takes to get elected. When Bernie Sanders speaks out on income & wealth inequality, getting big money out of politics, climate change and the environment, he speaks for us.”
Meanwhile, the San Mateo County Republican Party did a straw poll of attendees at the Foster City Arts and Wine Festival this past weekend, asking which of 20 (!!!) possible GOP contenders they prefer. John McDowell, the county committee’s second vice chair, said most of the 165 participants were Republicans (as most Democrats and nonpartisans declined to take part).
Tied for first with 15 percent each were U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, McDowell reported. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third with just shy of 11 percent, while U.S. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took fourth place and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson tied for fifth.
“We’re blessed with a number of good, qualified candidates for the 2016 presidential race,” county committee chairman Chuck McDougald said in a news release. “The fact that no one candidate dominated the straw poll shows the voters are interested in all of our potential candidates and that those candidates offer positive, solutions oriented agendas,” he continued.
The San Mateo GOP plans to sponsor more straw polls during the Menlo Park Connoisseurs’ Marketplace and the Pacifica Fog Fest later this summer.