First, the results of some real polls (check out this thread for more):
- Congratulations to new Boston City Councillors John Connolly (who knocked off incumbent Felix Arroyo) and Mark Ciommo (who beat Greg Glennon in a race for an open seat). All other incumbents were reelected. Anyone know what happened to Arroyo?
- Hearty congratulations to Lisa Wong, the new Mayor of Fitchburg. An excellent progressive pickup in a part of the state not always known for its progressive politics. Also, apparently Mayor Phelan of Quincy has been unseated by one Thomas Koch. Anyone have intel on what means for the city?
- There will be a recount in Somerville in light of the 21 vote margin separating the 4th (in) and 5th (out) place finishers in the Alderman race.
- Chicopee narrowly says that it wants a casino.
And now, results from a poll that doesn’t matter, and in fact IMHO (and I don’t mean to sound harsh, but …) makes Democracy For America look a bit silly. DFA’s “2008 Pulse Poll” is done. They collected over 150,000 votes. The big winner:
Oy. Perhaps even more peculiar is that second place, by a wide margin, went to Al Gore, who as we all know is not running (yet). In fact, the top five Democrats in the poll finished in roughly reverse order of their chance of actually winning either the primary or the presidency:
Kucinich: 32% (41,934)
Gore: 25% (38,242)
Edwards: 16% (24,078)
Obama: 14% (21,403)
Clinton: 4% (6,504)
I’m not sure this was such a great PR move on DFA’s part. I like what they do on the local level. This makes them look fringier than I think they actually are.
But there’s at least some entertainment value in the results. Kucinich won in almost every state — but the winner in Florida was Al Gore.