10th District Democratic Straw Poll Results

The North Carolina 10th District Democrats hosted a straw poll yesterday at the Newton-Conover Civics Center, and the results are as follows:

10th District Straw Poll Results
Presidential Race
Candidate % of Votes
Obama 54
Clinton 43
Edwards 3
Biden Single write-in vote

US Senate Race
Candidate % of Votes
Neal 53
Hagan 47

Commissioner of Labor
Candidate % of Votes
Anderson 57
Donnan 37
Richardson 6

State Auditor
Candidate % of Votes
Wood 63
Atkins 37

Insurance Commissioner
Candidate % of Votes
Goodwin 87
Smith 13

Gubernatorial Race
Candidate % of Votes
Perdue 53
Moore 47

Lt. Governor Race
Candidate % of Votes
Smathers 38
Besse 27
Dalton 24
Dellenger 10

State Treasurer
Candidate % of Votes
Cowell 48
Weisel 38
Young 14

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Candidate % of Votes
Atkinson 90
Davis 10

I'm not going to provide an in-depth political analysis of all these races, because frankly, you could put all of my knowledge on these issues in a thimble and still have room for some other stuff. But I will say that I scored exceptionally well (for me), with only one of my votes not going towards the winner (I tried, Dan). Just the fact that I revealed my votes right now is evidence that I'm not a very cunning politico. ;/

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to meet and mix with candidates and their supporters, and it reaffirmed my belief that Democrats (on average) are a lot easier to associate with than those elephant people. You do need to need to be Johnny-on-the-spot if you want to get some food (by the time I got hungry, there wasn't a morsel in sight), but since I'm trying to keep my girlish figure from expanding that was probably a blessing.

While I did talk to quite a few people, I only caught a few of the candidates' speeches. Here are some of the more astute participants:

As I mentioned on another thread, Jim Neal has improved his public speaking abilities quite a bit since I first met him at James' house last Fall. He gave a rousing oratory which touched on subjects ranging from opportunities for the less fortunate to racial equality, and he closed by reiterating that people should, "Vote for what they want, not what they think they can get."

For those who still believe his bid for the U.S. Senate is a long-shot, I will say this: meet him. Talk to him. Watch him in action. As the poll results above show, he is not a fringe candidate, he is on the verge of winning the nomination.

Now comes the time when Steve goes off on a tangent, musing about the mysterious effects of distance and time. I decided to put this at the end of my diary (you're welcome), so that people that have pressing business can run off and try to get everything done that needs to be done, in the time alotted. Good luck.

It always seems to surprise me just how big our state is. Back when my daughter was in her early teens, I used to take her and one of her friends to Ocracoke once a year, usually on Easter weekend. Throw the bikes on the rack and head East, with a cooler full of sandwiches and drinks so we wouldn't have to stop as many times along the way. But it still took us some 7 1/2 hours to make the trip. I can get to Virginia Beach in less than four hours, but it takes almost twice as long to get to the Outer Banks. Weird.

I also like to go to the mountains at least once a year, and last year, I took my mom to Franklin so we could play in the mud looking for rubies and emeralds and such. That took us almost five hours, factoring in the, "Steve hates to ask directions" factor. And that's not even the extreme Western boundary of our state. Theoretically, if one wanted to drive from one end of North Carolina to the other, it could take as much as 13 hours to make the trip. I've driven to West Palm Beach Florida in less time than that.

What is my point? Those candidates engaged in state-wide races have a huge challenge before them. I can't imagine the sheer scope of trying to coordinate and implement a campaign to visit even half of the counties, much less all of them. It makes me tired just thinking about it.

Regardless of the outcome of this election, I tip my hat to all those who are engaged in this effort.


Sorry I missed it

I'd planned to go but I've picked up some kind of bug.

Agree about the challenges of visiting all the counties. I get tired just from listening to Jim talk about his schedule but I think I finally figured out why Congress never accomplishes much. By the time they recover from the campaign, it's time to run again.

Thanks for posting these results

I had family matters to attend to and couldn't make it out there, but I'm glad it went well.


for posting the results. I didn't get to stay til the end, but enjoyed most of what I heard from the candidates and surrogates (not to mention the obligatory bluegrass and surprisingly good veggie barbecue).

Thank you 10th District Democrats!

The real winners yesterday were area Democrats, who had the opportunity to meet and evaluate the candidates asking for their votes. I want to thank the 10th District Dems for organizing such a great event. The poll was extremely well-organized, and enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you for all your hard work.

I also want to thank all the attendees who cast their votes for me, and look forward to North Carolinians statewide following their lead. Early voting starts Thursday, but it's not too late to get involved in my campaign: Please visit my website to learn more.


Congratulations, Pat!

You and Zeb make a formidable team. :)

You are working hard for what you believe Pat....

That is what Americans must do reach for their dreams.

Keep reaching Pat. A farmer loves to look over at the next field and see his neighbor plowing just as he.

As I look over.... I see you. Keep running... Keep on believing ..... Oh Yea... Keep Zeb out there too. He is a good representative of his father.


Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

10th District Straw Poll

Terrific event. Lots of candidates (despite there being multiple events Saturday all over the State). Just shows that there are lots of dedicated Democrats in Western Piedmont NC. We have a shot at beating, Congressman "Two Bit" McHenry. But it will take a lot of work.

David Parker
Iredell County

Thank you, 10th District Democrats!

I agree with David Parker and everyone else who is commenting on this thread: The 10th District Dems did a fantastic job on Saturday!

I had the pleasure to arrive the earliest of the Statewide candidates (on information and belief) - about 9 a.m. - and was quite impressed with how organized Tony and Company were during my six-and-one-half hours in Newton.

Along with others who have similar thoughts, I encourage other Congressional District Democratic Executive Committees to do the same: Nothing like an electrified Democratic rally, good 'ol BBQ, and a straw poll to attract both candidates and activists in one spot like ants to a picnic.

Meanwhile, I also want to thank all the wonderful, inspirational supporters of mine who voted for me in the straw poll. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought my campaign for Insurance Commissioner would receive 87% from among the hundreds of attendees. ... Results like that straw poll among the 10th District counties are the kind of event that ratchets up the adrenaline just a little bit more and - with apologies to "Spinal Tap" - helps turn things up to an "eleven" in my campaign. That incredibly strong showing in NC's 10th District, along with this week's endorsements of my candidacy by The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People and the Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association, truly made this my very best week yet in the nascent six weeks that my campaign has existed.

Rock on, 10th District Dems: Working together we will reinforce what we know to be the case ... 2008 is a Democratic year all across the ballot.

For updates on other activities in my campaign, check out www.waynegoodwin.org anytime. And let me know if you like my TV commercial, which is on the site and on TV already.

Again, congratulations, Tony M., on a job well done in the 10th!

Thanks Steve

and thanks to Tony McEwen and all the 10th District Dems. I appreciate everyone who voted for me--and everyone who came out to listen and vote.

Congrats to Pat on winning the first round. I look forward to meeting you again in the runoff!


Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor

Dan Besse

Big Win

Robin was thrilled with the results!

57% is something to be very proud of. Thanks to all of the organizers of the event for the chance to talk to so many active and engaged Democrats.

The 10th is going to be a great place in November.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Looks like you had a really good turnout.

Any estimates available as to about how many dems were in attendance?

Also, Each cong. district might consider haveing its own straw poll, on a rollong timetable of course. Seems like a good way to gather dems and have them meet the candidates.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I love that idea.

Mac Whatley? Are you reading? Why don't you float this to Wayne Abrahams? (I hope I spelled his name correctly.)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

A good day in Newton

It was a good day in Newton. A good Democratic kind of day. A good community kind of day. A good people kind of day. And, yes, a good day for the Jim Neal for Senate campaign.

I'm so proud of the campaign we're running, how we're running it and how we're being received as I criss-cross our state, meeting with people no matter who they are and where they live. Even when there were more cows in the barn than voters I was there to listen and learn. I'm going to continue doing just that. And answering your questions and giving you my ideas in what will be, I'm convinced, one of the most transformative elections in our nation's history. For if it were just another politics-as-usual election year, I wouldn't even be here to write this thank you. Think about it.

And thank you I do say to Chair Tony McEwan and the volunteers who welcomed all of the candidates and campaigns to Newton with such such warmth and hospitality. Thank you to the good people of the 10th Congressional District for your endorsement at yesterday's straw poll. If your voices are any indication of where this race is headed then one Senator Elizabeth Dole is going to be in for the race of her political life come May 7th!

But it's not May 7th......there's so much work to be done. I want to earn your votes and align your voices beside mine. I need your support, your inspiration and your hard work now more than ever. Join us. You will make a difference.

A good day in Newton. A good day for a representative democracy of, by and for the people.

And more such good days can be ahead. It's all up to you.



Has anyone pointed this out?

The result that really sticks out for me here is the lt. gov. results. Not just that Pat Smathers won (go Pat!) and Dan Besse took second (go Dan!), but that Walter Dalton came in third.

Third? Seriously?

Dalton's NC Senate district (46) is a part of the 10th Congressional District. Wouldn't one think that a district straw poll in the 10th be his to lose? Don't think those were the results his campaign was looking for, though I have no idea how they really feel about it. Did they care about this thing? Was Dalton there?

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

For whatever reason

Dalton and Dellinger skipped the whole thing. Dalton had been in the county last week for a fundraiser, but he did not attend nor did his campaing have anyone there at least when I left around noon no one was diito for Dellinger. Pat Smathers was there when I arrived and although I did not see Besse he did have some folks there representing him. As for Dalton in the district some of his seat is in the 10th and in the 11th, not sure what he votes in.

North Carolina is a big, big state

Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Governor

I was sorry to miss the event in Newton, and in response to the thread last week, I'm sorry I haven't spent as much time in Person County as I would like. On Saturday, while what sounds like a great event was going on in the 10th District, Walter Dalton and I were in Martin County with Congressman Butterfield at an event hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Civic League, a group comprised of African-American political and civic leaders from 21 counties across North Carolina. I was proud to receive their backing after the two of us answered questions from the group.

On another note, I hope you'll all join me at my live-blog Sunday evening -- I'm looking forward to it! It'll be great to speak to folks in all 100 counties...at once.

Best, Hamp


Tony McEwen is working on the official press release and it will get posted here by someone later...

I did want to clear up that Ray Warren did speak for Walter Dalton, and Rachel LeClair spoke for Dellinger, according to the itinerary in front of me that we used to time the speakers.

Also, Dan Johnson and Steve Ivester were not on the ballots. This polling represented only the Statewide and Presidential Races.

I think someone said Dan Besse wasn't there. Yes, he was, and he spoke.

I am SO happy that this event went SO well. All of our feedback has been terrific. I want to give a big thank you to CJane Johnson and Beth Jones and Von Sigmon and Charlie and Elizabeth Hunt. These party members really stepped up to the challenges facing us for this event. Also, the Young Dems. The food line was handled smoothly and efficiently by our volunteers from that organization as well.

I, by the way am V. September McCrady. I prepared our vegetarian alternative for the BBQ. I don't have the names of the wonderful folks who CJane Johnson got for the regular good ol' pork bbq, if someone else does, please thank them here and give them credit! I was myself surprised and happy to have my TempehQ so well received. I have a son who is vegetarian, so I feel sensitive to the problem of ending up with nothing to eat at events and try to always take responsibility for providing an alternative (and thanks to the lady at the SEC who made it so clear to me that I had to make that a priority for myself at this event).

I too was surprised

at the turn out. I have been active in Catwaba County Democrats for 10 years and I was once the Vice-Chairman of the party. I have never seen anything like this. I had to leave a little after noon because of a something going on at LRC I had to attend. When I left I did not see Besse but he had folks there for him. The only two campains I saw nothing on was Dalton and Dellinger alhthough I was not there for the speeches. I think Ivester has run a good race and will keep it close, but he still has a big hill to climb. Also I would keep my eye on Besse he just may finish in the top two, it is assumed Dalton and Dellinger are going to make the run-off but I would not be surprised to see Besse sneak one by.

Good job on everything this County has come a long way.

This just made my Top Ten list

I, by the way am V. September McCrady.

of the coolest names ever.

You bumped Armand Hammer off the list. :)


The V stands for Valerie, but that's not anywhere near as interesting :)

hmmm, that sounds like

someone who works for the Car guys. ;0

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."


Should I post it here? That seems weird. Hm. You can email me at webmaster@iredelldemocrats.com and I'll give it to you (whomever would like it).

A cool name indeed.

and a recipe for vegetarian barbecue. Make sure Greg Flynn knows this. April 27th approaches.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors