Buttigieg Wins 10th District Dems Straw Poll, Caucus – Journal & Topics Newspapers Online

Former Buffalo Grove Mayor and current Northbrook resident Elliot Heartstein stumps for Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg at the 10th District Democrats straw poll and caucus Saturday, Jan. 25. (Photo provided)

Ahead of the Iowa caucuses, more than 100 members of the 10th District Democrats gathered for their own caucus and straw poll, making presidential endorsements.

Winning the early straw poll at the Saturday, Jan. 25 event were, in order of preference, first for Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden in second, a third-place tie for Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, a fourth-place tie for Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg and, in seventh place, Andrew Yang.

The event saw surrogates for Sanders, Biden, Bloomberg, Warren, Buttigieg and Klobuchar give stump speeches on behalf of their candidates.

After the straw poll, remaining members of the group used Iowa style rules to choose candidates through a caucus.

As with the Iowa caucuses, several rounds of voting were held to establish viable candidates. In the first round of voting, each candidate had to gain the support of at least 15% of all those assembled at the event to be considered viable.

Supporters of Amy Klobuchar (left) stand next to a group of Mike Bloomberg supporters at the 10th District Democrats caucus and straw poll Saturday, Jan. 25. (Photo provided)

Those supporting candidates without at least 15% support, could be wooed to support other candidates.

After that first vote, Buttigieg, Biden and Klobuchar had enough support to advance. Organizers said the key difference between the straw poll and caucus was, after casting votes in the straw poll, participants were allowed to leave.

In the second vote, Buttigieg finished first, Klobuchar second and Biden third.

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10th) attended and spoke about the need to defeat President Donald Trump in November.

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10th) speaks to those attending the Saturday, Jan. 25 10th District Democrats straw poll and caucus about the importance of defeating President Donald Trump in November. (Photo provided)

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Schneider endorsed Biden for president. Just a few days later at the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, Biden appeared to come in fourth, although results after the caucuses were unclear because of issues with a smartphone app designed to help tabulate statewide votes.

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