Saturday, September 10, 2005

Paul Wins Two Latest Straw Polls

Paul won the two latest straw polls (in Sheboygan and Kenosha)! We don't put enormous stock in straw polls overall but a few things jumped out at us:


1. Unlike in past straw polls, the general public was allowed to participate in these polls, which were taken at County fairs.


2. On top of the straw polls, Paul has growing momentum in the race, as evidenced by the fact that more law enforcement officials around the State keep endorsing him (more than 20 DAs are already endorsing him around the state - almost all Republicans - whereas his opponent repeatedly cites support from Democratic officials on the stump. More police chiefs and other law enforcement officials are supporting Paul every day).


3. Some really high-profile and respected Republicans have joined Paul's team recently. Steve King was a recent example; he's Paul's co-chair. But expect some other prominent announcements really soon.


The Sheboygan Press article on the Sheboygan results:


Health care tops straw poll at fair


Sheboygan Press staff


In a straw poll conducted at the Sheboygan County Fair by the Sheboygan County Democratic Party, the most important issues according to voters were universal health care, with 377 votes, and maintaining Social Security, with 321 votes, according to party leaders.


The Sheboygan County Republican Party conducted a straw poll at the fair asking voters which Republican candidates should challenge Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle and Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.


In the 79-ballot straw poll, Scott Walker topped Mark Green to challenge Doyle, 68 percent to 26 percent; and Paul Bucher beat out J.B. Van Hollen to challenge Lautenschlager, 65 percent to 35 percent, according to the group’s news release.


Before voting for governor or attorney general in the straw poll, each elector had to show a valid ID, according to Drew MacEwen, chairman of the Sheboygan County Republican Party.


“We believe that elections should have integrity and be fair,” MacEwen said. “Obviously we weren’t worried about fraud in the straw poll, but it’s just to illustrate that we are committed to having ethical and fair elections.”


In the Kenosha County poll, Paul won with 52% of the vote.