In a straw poll vote in Wisconsin this weekend, Democratic presidential candidate and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont surprisingly scored 41 percent of the vote — right on the heels of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 49 percent.
The poll, conducted at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention in Milwaukee, showed Sanders receiving 208 of the 511 votes while Clinton garnered 252. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, the latest confirmed 2016 presidential candidate for the Democrats, received 3 percent of the vote.
Others considering bids, including former Virginia Senator Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, also won small percentages.
The vote comes as Sanders gains rather unexpected support in early nominating states like New Hampshire and Iowa, and continues to draw significant crowds at campaign events.
Sanders made headlines for raising a substantial amount of money from small donors in the first few days of his campaign. The self-proclaimed "Democratic-Socialist" has also shown signs of winning over supporters of fellow progressive Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has insisted that she has no interest in running for president.
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