Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Another straw vote; another victory?

I will not be continuing my Creationism posts today. I do plan to return to them soon.

Then, I plan to answer the response about Iraq. I am sorry for the change in plans. Plans, in reality, often are altered for one reason or another. “The best laid plans … often go astray.” Thank you for your understanding and patience.

How many unborn toddlers were murdered today because of the humanistic, paganish, barbaric decisions of the United States Supreme Court?

Stop the
Murder of

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4: 17 (NIV)








The following short article was published in the Peoria Journal Star on August 17, 2007, page B3. I am quoting the entire article.

“Romney wins GOP straw poll at state fair
By Gatehouse News Service

Springfield—An organized effort that included a visit by one of his sons and 10 busloads of supporters helped give former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a clear win in a first-of-its-kind presidential straw poll conducted by the Republican Party on Thursday at the Illinois State Fair.

Romney romped with 373 votes translating, which was 40.5 percent in a field of nine candidates. (This is the way it was written. I’m not sure why the word “translating” is included in the sentence.—my addition)

The 922 voters put former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee in second place with 19.96 percent; U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas in third with 18.9 percent; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in fourth with 11.6 percent; and U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona in fifth with 4.1 percent.

Others on the ballot were: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 3 percent; U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, 1.1 percent; U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, 0.65 percent; and U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, 0.3 percent.”

Wow! Obviously, another outstanding victory for Mitt Romney! The article does not say how much he spent on the campaign to receive 373 votes but as it does say—his campaign did provide transportation for 10 busloads of supporters to the fair. I did see an article in the paper the day before giving the details for getting to the fair by a Romney bus. I did not attend the fair and so missed the bus. His was the only campaign where I saw such information. His campaign must be staffed with organization wizards.

Illinois is the fifth largest State in the nation. It has a population of approximately 12.4 million people. Mitt Romney received 373 votes. Oh, the excitement of such an outstanding victory. Who can stop him in his rush to the Republican nomination?

I did come across this quote in the Peoria Journal Star published on April 14, 2007, page E6. “‘When Mormons get mobilized, they’re like dry kindling. You drop a match and get impressive results quickly.’—University of Notre Dame political scientist David Campbell, …, who is Mormon, speaking about how Mormons will back Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney.”

Does that mean that most of his 373 votes were from Mormons who back Mitt Romney?
I don’t know. But if so, how much actual support does he have? Does the straw vote in Illinois seem to be a waste of time and a waste of his campaign money. Was it worth the cost to bring 10 busloads of people to the fair to receive 373 votes (37.3 votes per busload)? Are you now convinced to vote for him or would you rather examine his stance on the issues?


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