View Full Version : Ames Straw Poll

Bradley in DC
05-31-2007, 06:02 AM
Dr. Paul would be well served by inclusion on the ballot and a good showing. Does anything there have any thoughts on if Dr. Paul is likely to be included? If not, we have a few days to contact the state Republican Party officials who decide--gentlemen, start your emails! First the MI GOP, then IA GOP, then the White House!


"The party’s state central committee meets next weekend and will decide exactly who to include on the ballot. The event, at which candidates must shell out at least $15,000 to get a space near Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum, is a major fundraiser for the state party . . .

"Although the poll is barely two-and-a-half months away, it is not too late for a candidate to make his case, Laudner argued.

"Then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush won the straw poll in August of 1999 by a convincing 2,500 votes over his nearest competitor, Laudner pointed out, and he didn’t visit Iowa or open an office in the state until June. He also had supporters urging him against playing in the straw poll for fear that a bad showing could damage a perception of strength.

“The field isn’t set yet,” Laudner noted, and much can be done in the next two months. But after Ames, “the conversation turns from who’s in to who’s going to get out.”