Sunday, March 04, 2007

Straw Poll #2

Another strawpoll was held at the CPAC conference in Washington DC. All major candidates spoke at this event besides John McCain. The most noteworthy things to come out of the speeches were Romney directly criticizing McCain on campaign finance and immigration and Huckabee directly criticizing Romney on his issue evolution. This certainly shows that we're getting closer and closer to the "direct engagement" phase of this primary. On to the results:

Romney 21%
Giuliani 17%
Brownback 15%
Gingrich 14%
McCain 12%
(If you have the full results post in comments, this was all we could track down)

Romney has to feel good about the victory. The small caveat is that he is said to have spent substantial resources to ensure victory, so the gap might not be as big as he would have liked. Nonetheless this shows that conservatives are going to accept Romney as one of them and is a nice win for team Romney.

Giuliani- Similarly to S.C. Giuliani finishes a close 2nd w/o putting much organizational effort into it. He's the weekends big winner.

Brownback- Again he separates himself from the 2nd tier field. Nice weekend for the Kansan.

McCain- Hurt more in the media by skipping the event than these results. McCain has received an extremely negative fallout from the blogosphere for skipping CPAC. The straw poll results are about what you'd expect from a candidate who didn't show up and didn't send staff. Nonetheless clearly a minus for McCain.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paging Burton Rider...

The Hotline reported that Romney paid people to attend CPAC and support him.

Pathetic. Truly pathetic. Romney makes me sick.

What say you Burton Rider? What was the going rate for a CPAC vote?

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More than one candidate paid the way for attendees. Also, the CPA vote was reportedly taken before the Romney speech. The margin most certainly would have been higher for Romney had the vote been taken after his speech.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the votes were cast before everyone spoke, not just Mitt.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect Brownback will be moving up on the next line change.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:32... The point is, Romney's speach was the best speech. He would have moved up relative to the rest, if the vote were held at the end of the event. It's hard to deny he gave the best speech.

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hard to deny that anyone gave a good speech.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that Mitt paid for the travel, meals, and room of many young followers of his campaign. This gave them a chance to see up close what it's like to be involved in such a historical moment. Too bad many other candidates were too cheap to help along their young people to have an enjoyable time in American politics.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the first poster here (5:40) -As most people must know, paying for the transportation and food of straw poll attendees is.. um.. how it's done.

I hope you're not running an operation to get people to Ames. If you are, your people will have to walk, and will not even be fed!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are right on. Although, putting someone on a bus to Ames from Larchwood (BTW, that's in Lyon County if you have heard of it) is a lot less expensive than rounding up a bunch of college kids from MI and MA for a nerdy ass early spring break.

Is the Romney camp going Dean style?

Will this revolution be televised?


Maybe Youtubed?

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nerdy ass"? ewwww.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brownback can't speak well and he puts me to sleep. Good ideas, great role model, awesome guy ... but a terribly unelectable candidate.

If you're a Brownback-ite, Huckabee is everything Brownback is, plus easy to listen to.

11:13 PM  

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