- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 28, 2015

DENVER — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb won the Western Conservative Summit Democratic presidential straw poll Sunday, running well ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mr. Webb took 83 votes to 48 for Ms. Clinton, who barely edged Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders at 42 votes.

Mr. Webb is seen as the more moderate of the leading Democratic hopefuls, which may explain his victory at the decidedly right-of-center conference sponsored by the Centennial Institute and Colorado Christian University.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden came in fourth with 39 votes, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a progressive favorite who has insisted that she will not seek the 2016 presidential nomination.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley came next with 17 votes, which put him two votes ahead of first lady Michelle Obama.

The three-day conference wrapped up Sunday at the Colorado Convention Center.

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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