Throughout Rep. Rush Holt’s 8 terms in Congress, through a tough re-election campaign (his first) and through both redistrictings, Princeton has always been his strongest and most loyal base of support. It’s where a lot of the money comes from, and a lot of the volunteers. And the venerable PCDO – Princeton Community Democratic Organization – is its Democratic backbone.
Last night, PCDO held an endorsement vote for CD12. Over 100 people showed up, and so did all 5 of the declared candidates – the two women increasingly squaring off against each other, Sen. Linda Greenstein and Asw Bonnie Watson Coleman, Assemblyman and 2012 CD7 candidate Asm Upendra Chivukula, and the two scientists who jumped into the race more recently, plasma physicist Andrew Zwicker and chemist Frank Gibson. Only paid-up members could vote, and each was scheduled to speak with Q & A to follow. It was a secret ballot vote.
So, how did CD12’s Democratic primary candidates do in Rush Holt’s bedrock community? Well, the vote was inconclusive, given that a 60% vote was needed for endorsement. But the trend was clear. Vote totals, on the jump page.
Runoff Ballot Round Results (60% needed for endorsement)
|Bonnie Watson Coleman||43||54%|
First Ballot Round Results (60% needed for endorsement):
|Bonnie Watson Coleman||37||43%|
Mercer County’s Democratic Convention is Wednesday March 26th (7pm) at Stone Terrace Restaurant in Hamilton Square.