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No Candidate Wins Majority in MoveOn.org Political Action First-Ever Democratic Online “Primary”
No endorsement now
Estimated $1.75 million raised in pledges to Democratic contenders
Most votes to Dean, followed by Kucinich, Kerry
Friday, June 27, —No candidate won a majority in this week’s first-ever Democratic online presidential primary, therefore MoveOn.org Political Action will not make an endorsement at this time. Howard Dean received the highest vote total with 43.87% of the vote (139,360 votes); followed by Dennis Kucinich with 23.93% (76,000 votes); and John Kerry with 15.73% (49,973 votes).
The rest of the field was in single digits: John Edwards, 3.19% (10,146 votes); Richard Gephardt, 2.44% (7,755 votes); Bob Graham, 2.24% (7,113 votes); Carol Moseley Braun, 2.21% (7,021 votes); Joe Lieberman, 1.92% (6,095 votes); and Al Sharpton, 0.53% (1,677 votes).
MoveOn.org Political Action hailed the primary as a tremendous kick-off for the campaign to defeat George Bush next year:
· 317,639 votes were cast in the “primary,” more than the 2000 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, the Iowa and South Carolina Democratic presidential caucuses, combined;
· 54,370 voters pledged to volunteer for their preferred Democratic contender;
· 77,192 voters authorized MoveOn.org Political Action to give their e-mail addresses to the candidate of their choice; and
· 49,132 voters pledged to contribute money to their candidate, for a total estimated at more than $1.75 million ($35 average contribution).
“And one of the most promising results for Democrats in 2004, is that most MoveOn.org voters said they would ‘enthusiastically support’ a broad array of candidates as the party’s nominee next year,” said Wes Boyd, MoveOn.org Political Action treasurer.
“This is only the beginning,” continued Boyd. “Our most important objectives have been met: early Democratic grassroots involvement; increased contributions and volunteer support for each campaign; and mobilization of the Democratic base to defeat George Bush. We wanted people to have a seat at the table, and they have taken it.”