On the Floor at the St Paul DFL City Convention

We are sitting on the floor, listening to the last question being asked of the four candidates for the DFL endorsement for mayor, Dai Thao, Tom Goldstein, Pat Harris and Melvin Carter III. The biggest question on the first ballot will be whether Carter achieves 50% and whether the combined support for the other three candidates hold 40%.

We think Carter will lead followed by Harris, Thao, and Goldstein.

The biggest fight today has been on the Rules of the Convention and the Agenda. The Rules vote was 228 to 224, the Agenda passed by a far higher margin. There were several controversial, challenges to the Chair, in which two prevailed on one failed. Later that delegate’s credential was challenged and he survived the push to remove him from the floor.

We are trying to obtain the results of the first ballot before they are announced from the podium. So far with 529 delegates voting Carter is leading with 250 votes for 47.26%, Thao 120 votes for 22.68% and Harris 114 votes for 21.55% Goldstein 38 votes for 7.18. No Endorsement 7 votes for 1.32%. Carter dominated in Ward Four.roderick

2nd Ballot results are in. With 524 delegates voting Carter is leading with 265 votes for 50.57%, Thao 111 votes for 21.18% and Harris 111 votes for 21.18% Goldstein 36 votes for 6.87. No Endorsement 1 vote for 0.19% there was 1 spoiled ballot.

3rd Ballot results are in. Goldstein was dropped from the ballot With 526 delegates voting Carter is leading with 27 votes for 51.71%, Thao 123 votes for 23.38% and Harris 121 votes for 23.00% No Endorsement 10 votes for 1.90%.

The ballot for School Board is in John BroderickJeannie Foster and Marny Xiong were endorsed. There were 521 votes cast Broderick received 368 votes for 70.63%, Foster 382 votes for 73.32% and Marny Xiong received 362 votes for 69.48%. Eduardo Barrera only received 267 votes for 51,25% and did not clear the 60% threshold.

4th Ballot results are in.  With 520 delegates voting Carter is leading with 270 votes for 52.22%, Thao 122 votes for 23.51% and Harris 119 votes for 22.93% No Endorsement 7 votes for 1.35%.

5th Ballot results are in.  Harris was dropped from the next ballot. With 508 delegates voting Carter is still leading with 271 votes for 52.22%, Thao 122 votes for 23.51% and 119 votes for 22.93% No Endorsement 7 votes for 0.19%. The convention will adjourn at 7:00 PM.

This is the last ballot. With 508 delegates voting Carter is still leading with 278 votes for 54.72%, Thao 137 votes for 26.97% and 119 votes for 22.93% No Endorsement 93 votes for 18.31% and 6 Spoiled Ballots. There is No Endorsement.

 

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