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Monday, July 9, 2007
posted by Kyle Hampton | 2:01 PM | permalink
From Marc Ambinder:

Young Republican convention organizer Brian Graham defended the straw poll against the accuastions it was rigged for Mitt Romney.
Graham, a Romney supporter, sent key Young Republican officials this e-mail, which this column has obtained.

Some folks have gone on to some blogs to try to make our convention look bad. They are complaining about non-YRs voting in the Straw Poll. You will see the issues addressed below. I ask that none of you speak with the Media, instead send them to Jon Woodard to handle.

1. All attendees who purchased meal tickets were allowed to vote in the Straw Poll.

2. The dinner event alone included YR delegates to the convention, YR alternates to the convention, YR guests of the convention, numerous Florida and Broward County YRs, members of the YR Alumni Network, members of the local senior Republican Party, and whomever purchased meal tickets online via the YRNC 2007 website.

3. At the highest point in the convention, there were a total of 600 attendees.

4. There were a total of 366 votes cast in the Straw Poll.

5. The Broward County Supervisor of Elections conducted the Straw Poll.

6. YRNC 2007 never claimed the Straw Poll was open only for delegates/alternates to the convention. It was always made clear that anyone who was registered or purchased meal tickets could vote in the straw poll.

7. All presidential campaigns were aware of the Straw Poll policy prior to the convention and none had voiced opposition to the policy.

8. The convention committee has members who support various Presidential

9. The convention was sponsored by several Presidential candidates
including Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Duncan Hunter, and Rudy Giuliani.

And finally:
10. Straw Polls are intended to be fun, not to be scientific.

Update - Jennifer Rubin at Human Events defends Romney's win:
The straw poll results showed Romney the overwhelming winner but Thompson supporters soon groused that -- horrors -- the event had been packed with Romney supporters and even non-YR members were allowed to vote. This organizational finesse of course is how straw polls are won and should serve as a warning to the Thompson team as they head from testing to running. Romney’s organization is running on all cylinders and has learned the basics of running an event, corralling its supporters and tabulating a win. Enthusiasm without organization does not win elections.

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I sort of have to do a double take, I mean, are they really trying to explain away Romney's win by saying that the event was packed with Romney supporters? lol... isn't that what the results tell us? Are they actually arguing that Romney's vote tally wasn't impressive because most people wanted to vote for him? That's some rather bizarre spin control there. If Fred lost to Hillary in a general election, would he say her win wasn't impressive because the country was packed with Hillary supporters?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 9, 2007 at 7:00 PM  

I can just see John Kerry crying aloud "But Bush bused people to the polls in Ohio in 2004!" I didn't do anything so I should win.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 9, 2007 at 7:21 PM  

Fred Thompson was shocked that there were so many of the 600 young individuals supporting Romney. In other news, Floridians were shocked that there are 600 young individuals. Okay, okay, sorry... cheesy Florida joke.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 9, 2007 at 8:27 PM  

This whinning really is getting tiresome. Decrying the CPAC straw polls, the SC and IA contries' Repulican convention votes, and now this. I am missing a few. I will be totally surprised if we see the same whinings after Ames - NOT! They will claim that because Rudy and McCain did not show up, the polls are worthless. I'm sorry, but those people, bussed or not, are voters, and their being there at conventions shows their dedication and commitment. You want to have them in your grassroot organizations, as they will make a whole lot of difference in who win the state primaries! Too bad those whiners did not grab up those voters.

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