June 20th, 2007
04:56 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama wins straw poll


WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, won a straw poll of liberal activists Wednesday after a parade of potential Democratic presidential candidates appeared before the “Take Back America” Conference held in the nation’s capital.

Obama won with 29 percent of the vote, beating out former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who received 26 percent. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton came in third with 17 percent and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson earned 9 percent. The unscientific survey was conducted by the newspaper, Politico.com.

Former Vice President Al Gore, who has said so far that he is not planning to run, received 9 percent and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich won 5 percent. Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel each pulled in 1 percent of the vote.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, who conducted the poll for Politico, reported that 727 attendees participated in the survey. Full survey results

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. sjxylib

    Go Obama Go!

    June 20, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Kim, Mpls. Minnesota

    Obama's speech yesterday was amazing! Keep going Obama!!

    June 20, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. KG Columbia, South Carolina

    Barack speech was simply AMAZING!! It had the beef, pok, chicken and whatever else people say he speeches dont have. BARACK IS HERE TO STAY, WIN, AND INJECT HOPE TO ALL AMERICANS!!

    June 20, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Laura Nason Niles, Michigan

    Obama needs to quit putting out these vicious attack ads and then trying to pretend not to know what his campaign is doing. It might have been a mistake the first time, but not twice. And how much do you want to bet that between now and the election, many more of these so-called mistakes will occur? Go up against Hillary and all the others based on your different ideas on issues but leave out the trash. And stop making excuses and alibis for your "mistakes".

    June 20, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. KG Columbia, South Carolina

    Laura lets not be naive her; if it was me or even you that managed over 300-400 of people or so how can you account for everyones action. Im sure my company doesnt like me responding to this email while Im on thier clock but Im doing it anyway. Barack, my manager, your boss cant account for every good or dumb thing that we do. Let's be serious for a change.....

    June 20, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. marie, richmond, va

    laura get a grip. what planet are you on. are you not aware that the clintons are champs in telling tales and using their power to bully. I like the clintons. I voted for bill but lets not talk crazy. this is time to move on to new kind of politics.

    June 20, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Winning a poll among the far left is the kiss of death. In the only poll that really matters, I don't think he's electable among Heartland voters outside the Beltway. And _she_ certainly isn't. Next up: Edwards.

    June 20, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. andre, minneapolis mn

    let's hope that Obama learns from the mistakes of his campaign and keeps moving forward gaining on Hillary. Otherwise, the consequences might be quite unpredictable: if we are offered a contest between Clinton vs Guliani, McCain or Romney we may just give up our liberal values and vote for the Republicans (see LATimes and today's OP-ED column in NYT).

    June 21, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Good news...finally Obama seems to making progress in the polls and pulling ahead of Clinton.

    I hope people can see his sincerity and the fact that he is not afraid to talk about the issues.

    Not the mention the fact he even outlines specific plans.

    Double the federal guidelines for car/light truck MPG by 2020. Now that's someone that gets it.

    Finally a poll that puts someone ahead of Clinton.

    June 21, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  10. Fabio Escobar, Amherst NY

    The file that's linked here doesn't include the necessary information. How many attendees were there? How were the surveys collected? How do we know this is an unbiased sample of the conference participants?

    June 21, 2007 02:22 am at 2:22 am |

    By don't you – Mr. McCain – just let them all come to the United States to take our jobs – maybe that will unanger them. Hopefully we can get them to take the political jobs.

    Dan – Louisville, Ky

    June 21, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    Congrats to Obama. He is a nice person. He will not get the nomination however.

    June 21, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Lynn Ford, Mississippi

    Senator Obama, the President Ronald Reagan of the Left. He will garner atleast 30% of Republicans in the General Election.

    There are so many Republicans that really like this man its so refreshing to see.

    His politics are progressive, his message is universal.

    He understands all cultures, he is going to be our 1st, African-Caucasian President of the United States.

    June 21, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |


    June 21, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |