Gay Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) came in first place in an April 6 straw poll among voters in the June primary in which 10 Democratic candidates are running for the 8th District U.S. House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).
“We won last night not because our campaign bought the most tickets or because we have popular friends — we won because you and I know that Congress needs a representative who can get progressive legislation passed,” Ebbin said in an April 7 statement.
“The win shows the continued momentum my grassroots driven campaign has been gathering,” he said.
The straw poll was conducted at a “beer tasting” fundraising party for the Alexandria Democratic Committee at the Port City Brewing Company in which participants paid $40 for advance tickets or $45 at the door to gain admission. The Democratic Committee organized the poll.
Although not scientific, political observers noted that Ebbin, who received 90 votes, beat Alexandria Mayor William ‘Bill’ Euille, who came in second place with 68 votes, and former Virginia Lt. Gov. Donald Beyer, who came in third place with 62 votes.
Beyer, a businessman who has widespread name recognition, is considered by political pundits to be the frontrunner in the race.
Among the other candidates, Patrick Hope came in fourth with 58 votes; Charniele Herring received 21 votes; Laver Chatman received 12 votes; gay rights attorney and TV talk show host Mark Levine finished seventh with 8 votes; Satish Korpe came in eighth place with 3 votes; Derek Hyra finished ninth with 2 votes; and Bruce Shuttleworth finished tenth with 1 vote.