Beyer Wins First Democratic Primary Straw Poll

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March 1, 2014 (Alexandria, Va.) — Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer won tonight’s straw poll of the Democratic candidates for Congress in Virginia’s 8th district, handily defeating the 10 other contenders at the annual Mardi Gras festivity, organized by the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee.
“This is a wonderful way to kick off the 100 days countdowntomorrow,” said Don Beyer.  “It was great to see so many old friends here tonight and to meet so many new ones.”
The sixth annual Mardi Gras Straw Poll, held every year at Don Beyer Volvo, is billed by the hosting Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee as “the first Democratic straw poll of 2014.”  It featured cajun and creole food as well as music by The Groove.
Beyer captured 105 votes, more than a quarter of the 416 votes cast.