What do you do if a non Neocon wins your straw poll? Take him off the ballot!
And that is just what the host of GOP StrawPolls did.
In the May 2007 poll, Ron Paul came out on top with an impressive 57% of the vote. Over 15,000 people cast their vote for Dr. Paul out of 26,365 ballots cast. One would think that this means Ron Paul has a growing support base that transcends tradition campaign donations. Maybe he has a greater chance of winning than Gilmore (who received a grand total of 29 votes).
Uh oh. I guess this was a problem for the creators of this straw poll. In the August poll, the choice of GOP candidates narrowed to only ten (from 11) to exclude the previous leader. Now everyone bumped up a bit to fill in the gaping void of Ron Paul’s absence. Now the previous #2 (Fred Thompson) in on top with a thundering 25% of the votes. Gilmore will be happy to know he now garners 4% of the vote when not stacked up against Ron Paul.
June data is strangely absent.
Did I miss something? Did Ron Paul give up his candidacy? No, I don’t think so. This is what we call a bogus straw poll. I only hope that this is not a sign of what is to come in the upcoming primaries. When we all vote for our candidates, it would be a shame to have to write in Paul’s name because it was not offered as a choice. At least it is an easy name to spell.
Thanks to The Liberty Papers for pointing out this curiosity.