The Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands held its presidential preference and delegate selection caucus on Saturday, returning an expected result that saw presidential candidate Joe Biden capturing a dominant victory.
With 505 Democrats participating, Mr. Biden captured 91 percent of the votes, while Bernie Sanders received 5.09 percent, according to the local Democratic Party.
The party said over the years it has been consistent in its support of the Democratic National Convention. "The Virgin Islands Democratic Party remains steadfast in upholding the ideals of the DNC and embraces the opportunity to participate in this way. We are grateful to everyone who’s contributed in one way or the other towards a successful 2020 caucus,” stated State Chairman Cecil Benjamin.
Thursday and Friday were designated as early voting which was incorporated into the caucus where an increase in voter participation was realized, according to the party. The coronavirus was the impetus for St. Thomas implementing drive-thru voting, which the party described as "extremely successful."
All three precincts opened at 7:00 a.m. and closed at 7:00 p.m. Th exit polls revealed that on average, participants were extremely satisfied with the process of drive-thru voting. Participants were engaging and celebrated Mr. Biden’s victory, according to the release.
The delegates from the St. Croix District are Florine Audain Hassell, Sonia Boyce, Robert Rios, and Atty. Ronald Russell. Together with an alternate and a page, they now join the six automatic delegates — Governor Albert Bryan, Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, State Chair Cecil Benjamin, Vice Chair Carla Joseph, National Committee Woman Carol Burke, and National Committeeman Kevin Rodriquez — who will represent the Virgin Islands at the convention.
According to Carol Burke, National Committee Woman and Caucus Coordinator, “We are very excited, we are seizing the moment and we know that we are in a good place. This achievement is very personal for us as St. Croix is Joe Biden’s sanctuary. While our caucus comes on the heels of Biden securing the presidential nominee, our role is pivotal. We will serve as the anchor, yet we will help to set the compass of this historic moment. Every vote count and we will play an integral part as we organize, galvanize and energize Caribbean American voters to support Joe Biden for president."