Sunday, October 21, 2007

Romney continues to dominate wherever votes are for sale

One dollar bill: image uploaded by Sami Keinänen

Following his victories in the non-scientific straw polls in Iowa and Illinois, Mitt Romney again proves that, when money is the object, he can squeak out a victory. In those events, the key was his campaign's ability to bus in supporters. In this one, the price was $1 and access to the internet:

Based on the smattering of applause that Mr. Romney got when his name was announced as the top vote getter, with 1,595 votes or 27.6 percent, it is safe to say that many in the hall were surprised that he won, surpassing Mr. Huckabee by 30 votes. The fact that Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas, finished third with 865 votes, or 15 percent, deepened the confusion. Fred D. Thompson finished fourth with 564 votes, or 9.8 percent.

Things shake up differently when looking at only the votes that were made by those on-site. Of 952 votes cast on-site, Mr. Huckabee received 488, or 51 percent, a virtual runaway in such a crowded field. Mr. Romney had only 99 votes, or 10.4 percent;

1 comment:

Shawnie said...

That has already proven to be false information. The on site polls were closed after Romney's speech and open the next day after Huckabee's speech.

There were over 2500 attendees at the conference and the majority of them voted onine.

The folks urging online votes was the community "Evangelicals for Mitt" not Romney's own campaign. Romney has over an 80,000 donor base, he would have blitzed it if he had tried.

Most important is the following quote. Huckabee worked the online scene very hard.

The President of Family Research Council Tony Perkins said this:

"I know a lot of people are critical of Governor Romney … but Governor Huckabee worked very aggressively online to get votes as well.”Perkins said: “There’s going to be some natural disparity because when people hear someone, they’re going to be motivated. "