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July 23, 2004

Bellevue Chamber straw poll

Among 8th District candidates at Wednesday’s Bellevue Chamber of Commerce campaign forum, I picked Alex Alben (D) and Diane Tebelius (R) as best prepared. Here is the straw poll from the audience:

1. 39% Diane Tebelius (R)
2. 16% Dave Ross (D)
3. 15% Alex Alben (D)
4. 15% Luke Esser (R)
5. 10% Dave Reichert (R)
6. 4% Heidi Behrens-Benedict (D)
7. 1% Conrad Lee (R)

Tebelius did extraordinarly well, considering that her three Republican competitors are all elected officials, and she is not.

This was an audience more Republican than the district as a whole, so its picks among Republicans are more significant than its picks among Democrats. Still, being a business audience, it should have been more heavily for Alben, who is a business guy, than for Ross, the radio host, but the Democrats in the crowd went narrowly for Ross.

One caveat about this straw poll: I don’t know to what extent any of the candidates lobbied supporters to attend, knowing that a straw vote was coming.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at July 23, 2004 12:29 PM



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