In the end, it wasn't even close. Which isn't really a surprise when you realize how much Rick Noriega has to offer progressive voters. What more can you say? For good reason, I believe in Rick Noriega. Here's what DFT has to say about the result:
Candidate // All Voters // Pre-Poll DFT Members
Rick Noriega // 78.4% // 86.2%
Mikal Watts // 21.6% // 13.8%
Total votes cast: 1,931*
We're excited that our first endorsement is for such a terrific candidate, one who drew comments such as these:
"I am extremely impressed with Rick Noriega's clarity of thought and purpose as well as his passion and organization."
"Rick is the right man at the right time."
"Rick Noriega is the candidate supported by grassroots Texans all across our State because he is the candidate who has the integrity to represent all Texans..."
"...Rick is tough enough to stand toe to toe with any Republican..."
"Rick Noriega has "walked the walk" and has a progressive voting record to show for it!"
Over the coming months, we'll give you ideas of how you can help Rick in his campaign. Right now, the best way you can help is to sign up on his website and make a contribution before the end of the quarter on September 30.
We appreciate the thoughtful answers of both candidates to our questionnaire, and we will leave a download on our website so you can spread the word. And many thanks to all of you who took the time to read their answers and vote, especially those who made a contribution to help us defray the cost of the poll.
We look forward to an exciting primary season and to sending John Cornyn home in November 2008!
Your DFT Steering Committee -
Erik Azulay, Glen Maxey, Mark McCulloch, and Fran Vincent
* In order to address concerns expressed by some participants about the elimination of questionable votes, we have counted all votes (including those in question) except those that were clearly duplicates, those cast after the deadline, and a handful from out of state.