More than 1,000 Attend Congressman Connolly's 21st Annual St. Patrick's Day Fete

Over 1,000 Virginia Democrats and supporters gathered this year for Congressman Connolly's 21st Annual St. Patrick's Day Fete. The fete - the largest annual political gathering in Virginia - features corned beef, cabbage, salmon, Irish music, and a straw poll. This year's contest pitted potential Democratic presidential nominees against each other in the first Virginia straw poll of the 2016 election.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 48% of the vote, followed by former Virginia Senator Jim Webb with 15%, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren with 10%, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with 7%, and Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley both receiving 6%. Various write-in candidates garnered 8% of the vote. 

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam came out to celebrate, as did Congressman Don Beyer, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, and dozens of state and local politicans and candidates. 

To see more coverage of the St. Patrick's Day Fete, click here, and be sure to check out the photos below.  

Photo Credit: Catherine Read, Linda Byrne, and George Burke

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