MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - If Wisconsin's most active Democrats had their way, Henry Sanders would be the party's nominee for lieutenant governor.
WisPolitics.Com polled the 1,300 delegates and guests at the state Democratic Convention this past weekend. Almost half responded. And 326 chose Sanders, a businessman from Madison. Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson was a distant second with 167 votes. Senate Democrat Spencer Coggs got 43. And former Lodi alderman James Schneider had 11 votes.
The current lieutenant governor, Barbara Lawton, picked up 2 votes even though she's not running again. Also, the WisPolitics straw poll had 388 delegate votes for Secretary of State Doug LaFollette, to 86 for his primary challenger Jeremy Ryan of Madison.
State Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass out-polled fellow Democrat Daniel Bohrod, a Madison budget analyst, 382 to 122. The Democrats' main candidate for governor,
Tom Barrett, has proposed eliminating the treasurer's and secretary of state's offices to save money. 235 delegates in the WisPolitics straw poll said the posts should be gone, and 186 voted to keep them. 130 had no preference, and 13 others refused to answer the question.