There was a record crowd at Gerry Connolly's St. Patrick's Day event at the Kena Temple in Fairfax. I'll be posting video of speeches and more analysis later, but here are the results for the straw poll that was taken.
Terry McAuliffe: 544 votes (58%)
Brian Moran: 276 votes (30%)
Creigh Deeds: 114 votes (12%)
Jody Wagner: 48%
Mike Signer: 28%
Jon Bowerbank: 12%
Pat Edmondson: 12%
I think there's a few things to look at in these results. The first is that the gubernatorial straw poll turned out basically as expected. After backing out of the Mt. Vernon event a few weeks at the last moment and coming in a distant third, Terry McAuliffe was rumored to be working hard to get his people to the event. So now both Terry and Brian have won straw polls in Northern Virginia, which seems to coincide with the fact that most polling have them in a statistical dead heat.
In the Lt. Governor race Jody Wagner was expected to come out on top. She has been in the race for awhile now and has the support of many elected officials from Northern Virginia. What was a surprise to many people, however, was the fact that Mike Signer performed so well in the poll. He was the last candidate to join the race, but has been putting together a strong grassroots organization in recent weeks. His "Coffee Break" youtube videos have also been a great way to get the discussion going on the important issues and I think he's the candidate to watch in this race right now.
More to come, so keep checking back.