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IPR straw poll of LNC chair candidates

May 30th, 2010 · 7 Comments

IPR conducted a straw poll of delegates at the LNC chair candidates debate. About 240 people participated, or approximately half the people here as of tonight. A chart of the full results will be attached as an update, but in the meantime here are the highlights:

1) Root had a strong plurality on the first ballot but nowhere close to a majority, meaning that if these results hold in the actual vote tomorrow there will be additional rounds of voting. Some Root supporters may not have picked up ballots.

2) Phillies was easily eliminated first, carrying less than 10% of the vote. However, Rob Power told me that some Phillies supporters got there late and did not get ballots.

3) Hancock, Myers and Hinkle were all very close, and with subsequent rounds few of their votes went to Root. In our count, Hancock dropped first, then Myers, and at that point most of the votes that did not move to NOTA went to Hinkle. However, it was close, and it is likely that if Hinkle was eliminated first they would have gone to Myers.

Thanks to David Nolan, Debra Dedmon, Mark Bodenhausen, Steve LaBianca and Tom Knapp for helping with the printing, distribution, collection and counting of votes/survey results, and to Dakota Root for helping make distribution of ballots fun.



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7 responses so far ↓

1 paulie // May 30, 2010 at 12:57 am

2 Alan Pyeatt // May 30, 2010 at 2:53 am

I think we’re fortunate to have more than 1 candidate who can do a good job.

I was very impressed with Ernie Hancock’s answers at the California state convention, and didn’t hear anything today to change that opinion.

After hearing the debate today, it occurred to me that there were a couple of things in Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign that we REALLY need to replicate: Paul’s campaign attracted voters outside the GOP, and his campaign attracted YOUNG voters.

The LP definitely needs to find a way to do those two things, so I would be inclined to vote for Hancock. Whoever the delegates elect, we need a big membership drive during this campaign.

3 Trent Hill // May 30, 2010 at 3:09 am

Wow, you can always count on Paulie and Tom Knapp for interesting posts. This is an amazing effort.

4 Trent Hill // May 30, 2010 at 3:25 am

Barring a monumental posting effort here over the next 3 days, this will be the month with the second most postings in IPR history, and we’re nowhere close to November yet.

5 Robert Milnes // May 30, 2010 at 3:25 am

Trent, agreed. Great twitter/national desk. Thanks to all-The Nolan, did you get my message?-for the straw poll.
My first choice is George. He has good radar-as good as mine?- in detecting rightists. & I wonder how he would deal with them e.g. how would George have deal with Bann Bobb Barr’s attempt to get the LNC to endorse Ron Dinosaur Fossil Paul & even draft/nominate him? Harshly I hope. In real time too; not months later wondering what had happened.
Second choice-anybody but Root. Give Root the Boot here & let him get back to his handlers & figure out a reshuffle for POTUS nomination. Try actually raising a lot of $ & increasing membership like you campaign promised in 2008, whydontcha? & I learned the lessons of 2008 well, having been broke & depressed then kicked to the curb. I’m not going to forget Ron Paul 35 million-Bob Milnes 0 anytime soon.

6 Robert Milnes // May 30, 2010 at 3:34 am

If anybody detects I’m spoiling for a fight, you got that right. FBI-bring them on. Take it to Federal Court? I WISH YOU WOULD! Box Teddy Roosevelt style with ‘Bama? Yeah, bring on the punk. Takeover the LP-’bout time! Deal with rightists? Put them in their place.

7 Trent Hill // May 30, 2010 at 3:42 am

I suspect this polling is roughly accurate–with Phillies bowing out first and root winning a plurality in the first round (though not a majority).

I actually think Myers will be the next to go, not Hancock–leaving the third round to Hancock, Root, and Hinkle.

3rd round Hancock gets the boot because of most of Myers’ and Phillies’ voters going to Hinkle.

4th round Hinkle beats Root with Root’s totals from the 1st round closely mirroring his finals totals (but with some spillover from the elimination of Myers).

Comments as of 2:00am Sunday May 30th 2010

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