Sunday, March 04, 2007

Straw Poll #1

Spartanburg, South Carolina held a straw poll on Thursday night. Here are the results.

Arizona Sen. John McCain: 164
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: 162
California Rep. Duncan Hunter: 158
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback: 85
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 80
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 33 (write-in)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 21
Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo: 10
Attorney John Cox: 4
Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 4
Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice: 2 (write-in)
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore: 1
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson: 1
Sanders (the party was unable to identify this candidate): 1 (write-in)


Fallout:

John McCain has to be happy about the victory, especially given the early results that showed him behind. This will be a crucial state for his campaign.

Rudy Giuliani is arguably the big winner here though. Outside of organizing police/fire/first responders after speaking to the group last week, Giuliani spent very little money and still nearly won.

Mitt Romney- Big loser in this straw poll. He had a full staff in place in South Carolina, is advertising on TV there and spent money to turn people out. He finished 5th. Rudy and McCain doubled him up. Ouch.

Sam Brownback- Vastly outpolled Mike Huckabee, his main competitor for the CCA title. Brownback has to be happy with these results.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I reading this correctly?
Romney got beat by Brownback AND Duncan Hunter at a straw poll in South Carolina.

{insert Amazing Grace tune here}

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are reading this correctly. Guiliani, McCain and Hunter each received about 24% of the vote; everyone else was way behind.

Hunter is becoming a front runner; people just have to hear him speak.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In fact, it is absolutely amazing that someone like Hunter who had no paid staff in South Carolina, unlike Romney and McCain, could trounce Romney and the rest of the second level folks.

I believe the conservative's candidate is emerging.

8:12 PM  
Blogger John said...

Sanders... Sanders... Bernie, right? :)

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cox tied Ron Paul. Yippee! He's a serious candidate now. Line change. (joking)

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But he beat Tommy Thompson!!!!!!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cox has to be seen as the frontrunner among the never-going-to-win crowd at this point.

Four votes! What an achievement! He even beat someone who isn't running (Rice.)

11:03 AM  

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