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Daily Kos Straw Poll Rocked by Sanders, all others FAIL

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I played with the numbers of the January 22 and March 4-5 DKOS straw polls. Here's what I came up with.

The January 22 Straw poll saw about 35,000 respondents. The March 4-5 poll, as I write this comment, has over 92,600 respondents, a 265% increase.

Here's the snapshot of the final results of the January 22 poll:

January 22 Straw Poll
January 22 Straw Poll
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And here's a snapshot of the march 4-5 poll

March 4-5 Straw Poll
March 4-5 Straw Poll
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To stay even, all of the candidates should have shown a 265% increase in the number of votes. Here's what happened:

Bernie Sanders went from about 4800 votes in January to over 51,000, a more than 1000% increase.

Joe Biden went from 4479 to 7171, a 60% increase

Beto O'Rourke went from 2832 to 3599 votes, a 27% increase..

Kamala Harris had about 9200 votes in the January 22 Straw poll, compared to about 9800 in this poll about an 8% increase

Elizabeth Warren went from 6409 in January to 6582, less than a 3% increase.

Bernie Sanders saw a an increase in support sixteen times Joe Biden's, the candidate with a significant showing and increase.

These straw polls are not scientific. They show supporter enthusiasm and the ability of campaigns to GOTV get out the vote. It is massively easier to get someone to click on an online straw poll than it is to get people to actually get out and vote in a primary.

An impartial Democratic leadership would see this as an abject failure of every other declared or undeclared candidate to influence this poll, and a sign of the potential Bernie Sanders brings to the table. And note that I did not receive anything from the Sanders campaign about voting in this poll.

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