As you know, the Fox Valley Initiative conducted an online straw poll of its members last week to determine the level of support for the candidates in the 8th Congressional District race. The poll was conducted over a 3 day period. In order to ensure that no candidate or supporters of a candidate “stuffed” the ballot box, voters were required to submit their valid email address along with their vote. After email addresses of voters were cross checked against the Fox Valley Initiative’s membership list, we were able to validate the vote.
The results of this vote do not necessarily qualify as an endorsement of any particular candidate, but we can say that this is a certified representation of members of the FVI that voted. Candidates are free to use this information as they wish, but without claiming a formal endorsement. The Fox Valley Initiative will make a formal endorsement once the primaries have been decided and we are down to the candidates that will be on the ballot in November.
Here are the candidates and the percentage of vote that they won:
Reid Ribble : 56.4%
Roger Roth : 19.2%
Terri McCormick: 16.6%
Steve Kagen: 3.8%
Andy Williams: 2.5%
Marc Savard: 1.3%
Thanks to all of you that voted!
Welcome news for Ribble no doubt, but obviously still a long way to go.
I'm curious as to what others think about where this ranks against endorsements. Is something like this more or less important?
Be sure to click through and read the comments as well.