While most political pundits are awaiting tonight’s results from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, an even earlier contest has already been won by Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
That’s right — results are in from the Champaign County Democrats’ Presidential Penny Poll, and Sen. Obama has been declared the winner by a wide margin. Obama’s penny “vote” total came to $26.23, which beat Hillary Clinton, the next closest candidate, by almost a 4-to-1 margin. Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich came in third place, with former Sen. John Edwards a close fourth.
The Penny Poll was a featured attraction at the Democratic booth at several community events this past year, including the Champaign County Fair, Taste of C-U, and Urbana Farmers’ Market. Participants were asked to place a penny in the bottle of the candidate (or candidates) of their choice. Yes, it’s a completely unscientific poll, but it’s still a great sign of support in Champaign County for Barack Obama, as well as for the entire Democratic field, and the local Democratic Party.
Here are the results, in order, listed in total dollar amounts:
1. Barack Obama … $26.23
2. Hillary Clinton … $6.07
3. Dennis Kucinich … $5.47
4. John Edwards … $5.20
5. Bill Richardson … $2.86
6. Mike Gravel … $0.63
7. Joe Biden … $0.58
8. Christopher Dodd … $0.09
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Penny Poll, and thanks also to everyone who helped staff the Democratic booths where the Penny Poll was conducted!