Tim Murray swept the MA Democratic Convention in Worcester this weekend with 49.02% of the delegate vote! A number which largely surpassed all expectations. I think the majority went in to the Convention knowing that Murray was going to be the endorsed candidate because of his message and statewide appeal, but the real question was “by how much.”
It seems that Mayor Murray picked up alot of undecided voters after his speech & video on Saturday. Goldberg’s video probably hurt her overall with undecideds, most people I talked to felt she seemed out of touch with the general public (I kinda feel bad, since she probably paid alot for it). Murray’s video really showed who he was and why people were out there supporting him. He had real people – family, students, activists and elected officials like Sheriff Cabral, Cong. McGovern and Rep. Flanagan make it clear to voters why he is THE Candidate for Lt. Governor. And of course when he spoke, I noticed people actually quieted down to really listen to what he had to say.
Murray came out of the Convention as a true State-Wide Candidate. He had the best organization out of any of the Lt. Governor campaigns (I helped whip for him). Murray won in literally every region of the state. His support spanned through the South Shore, North Shore, Springfield (North & South West), Middlesex, Suffolk to Worcester. And because of that organization and Murray’s ability to really reach out and understand the issues that effect the people of this Commonwealth we will be carrying this victory into the Primary in September.
Some say the Convention has no bearing on who will win the Primary in September. And while I agree there is no direct correlation it needs to be noted that those 5000 delegates are probably some of the most active Democrats in their communities. So by gaining basically 50% of their support Murray is able to really reach out to more voters across the state (also I met quite a few delegates who Support Murray, but were voting for Goldberg as a favor – or because their boss told them to). Each of those delegates who will be helping us prepare for September know 100+ people who will be voting in the primary. The Murray campaign is coming out of this weekend’s Convention strong and ready to win & earn the Democratic Nomination in September.