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Paul wins GOP straw poll

Texas representative outpolls Thompson, Huckabee at Va. event

 

Sunday, Dec 02, 2007 - 12:08 AM

 

By TYLER WHITLEY

TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER

 

ARLINGTON -- Texas Rep. Ron Paul easily won a presidential poll at a Republican Party of Virginia conference here yesterday.

 

Paul polled 182 out of about 500 votes cast. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson finished second with 112 votes, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee finished third with 51 votes.

 

The straw poll was held at the 24th annual Republican Advance, generally attended by activists and grass-roots workers, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in the Washington suburbs.

 

Republican officials dismissed the poll's outcome, noting that Paul has been concentrating on winning straw polls all over the country.

 

Paul bused in young supporters. They waved signs and shouted loudly when his name was mentioned.

 

"He brought people in here. What is more critical to look at is who finished second and third. That is a more true indicator of the feelings of the Republican Party of Virginia," said Tucker Watkins of Randolph in Charlotte County, a former 5th District GOP chairman.

 

Virginia Republicans and Democrats will each hold presidential primaries on Feb. 12. Because several other states have earlier votes, many observers think the nominees of the two parties will be decided by the time Virginians choose.

 

The major candidates, occupied in Iowa or New Hampshire where the earliest nominating contests will be held, sent surrogates yesterday.

 

The meeting brought good news for former Gov. Jim Gilmore, who is seeking the party's nomination to run for the U.S. Senate. A prospective opponent, Del. Christopher B. Saxman of Staunton, said he would not seek the nomination. He said he would not be able to raise money while the General Assembly is in session this winter and so would not be able to mount a credible candidacy.

 

Del. Robert G. Marshall of Prince William has hinted that he might run, but he did not show up and had a friend read a statement prepared by him which indicated he likely would not run.

 

Gilmore in a brief speech to the Republicans, urged against defeatism and said he could beat former Gov. Mark R. Warner, a Democratic candidate for the seat now held by Republican Sen. John W. Warner, who is retiring.

 

"We've won two statewide contests [attorney general and governor], we've carried Northern Virginia twice," Gilmore said. Contact Tyler Whitley at (804) 649-6780 or [email protected]

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Weird that Thompson received that many votes. I would have thought that Huckabee would do better. Interesting as well that McCain, Romney, and Giuliani are nowhere to be found.

...because straw polls are absolutely pointless and meaningless.

I always feel the same way about "scientific" polls. You know, the ones that basically only call folks who voted in the 2004 GOP primaries, almost entirely for Bush?

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Weird that Thompson received that many votes. I would have thought that Huckabee would do better. Interesting as well that McCain, Romney, and Giuliani are nowhere to be found.

...because straw polls are absolutely pointless and meaningless.

I always feel the same way about "scientific" polls. You know, the ones that basically only call folks who voted in the 2004 GOP primaries, almost entirely for Bush?

 

I can't wait for the primary season so that I won't have to hear the holier-than-thou Ron Paul supporters talk about the media conspiracy keeping "Dr. Paul" down.

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Weird that Thompson received that many votes. I would have thought that Huckabee would do better. Interesting as well that McCain, Romney, and Giuliani are nowhere to be found.

...because straw polls are absolutely pointless and meaningless.

I always feel the same way about "scientific" polls. You know, the ones that basically only call folks who voted in the 2004 GOP primaries, almost entirely for Bush?

 

I can't wait for the primary season so that I won't have to hear the holier-than-thou Ron Paul supporters talk about the media conspiracy keeping "Dr. Paul" down.

I don't see how we got to the media, but whatever. I think it is telling that there has been almost no news coverage of the fact that Ron Paul has already surpassed the fundraising totals of all other GOP candidates from last quarter with a month left. Hell, can you imagine how the media have reacted if Huckabee raised 4.2M in a day?

But nevermind all that. I do not contend that Ron Paul will win because he certainly has the most support. But if you think he will be in single digits you'll have to think again. Find me just one other GOP candidate who is actually pulling new people over to register Republican in significant numbers. The numbers the media provides do not add up. I could argue that there is a "conspiracy" if you want, but I think an easier argument is that those folks not in on it are still using antiquated means of polling. The world is changing along with how it communicates.

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I have a better chance to win a primary than Ron Paul , i am not opposed to some of his ideas but on the stage he seems like a senile one trick poney

 

Ron Paul supporters seem to me to be largely Libertarians that don't just register with that party. There is little wrong with his principals and much askew with his conclusions.

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