Monday, February 22, 2016

Joe Sestak wins Keystone Progress Summit straw poll


Retired Admiral Joe Sestak won a straw poll of progressive activists at the Keystone Progress Summit (www.keystoneprogresssummit.org) this weekend.  Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro won the support of the majority in the straw poll for Attorney General.

In the U.S. Senate poll, Sestak received 41.9% of the vote.  Braddock Mayor John Fetterman came in second with 30.9%, followed by former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty with 27.2%.  Pat Toomey and Joseph Vodvarka were also on the ballot but didn’t receive any votes.

Questions were posed by members of the audience of Keystone Progress members and by representatives of progressive organizations including labor unions, environmental, women’s and civil rights groups.

The debate was part of the annual Keystone Progress Summit, Pennsylvania’s largest gathering of progressive activists.  This year’s Summit attracted 700 hundred activists for inspirational speakers, educational workshops, trainings, parties and other events.

“The results of the poll do not indicate an endorsement by Keystone Progress,” said Michael Morrill, executive director of Keystone Progress.  “Our straw poll is simply a snapshot of the views of Pennsylvania’s most active and passionate progressive activists. Keystone Progress will begin its endorsement process this week.”

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