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Texas Gov. Perry takes N. Idaho straw poll

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Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 4:30 pm

This just in from the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans:

Nearly 500 votes were cast in the 2011 North Idaho Straw Poll and Texas Governor Rick Perry continued his recent track record of leading the pack of 2012 Presidential Candidates with 123 votes for a commanding lead of 25% of the vote. Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished in 2nd place beating Sarah Palin, who has not announced as a candidate, by one vote, 55 to 54. Congressman Paul had been in a distant 3rd place until a late surge online.

The majority of the votes, over 90 percent, were cast at the North Idaho Fair in August. The remaining were cast at the Website of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, www.ReaganRepublicans.net.

"There were a few unique features to our Straw Poll that set it apart from others in other parts of the country," KCRR president Jeff Ward said in announcing the results. "First, we include candidates from both parties. Second, we had a very comprehensive list of both announced and potential candidates for people to choose from. Third, we provided multiple ways to vote, both at the fair and at our website. Put those all together and it is a unique Straw Poll."

Michelle Bachman and Mitt Romney tied for 4th place with 39 votes and 8% each. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey came in 6th place with 25 votes just garnering 5%.

It's no surprise that in heavily Republican North Idaho the Democrat candidates only garnered 5% of the votes cast. The surprise is that incumbent President Barack Obama and potential primary challenger Hillary Clinton tied with 12 votes and 2.5% apiece, especially given that Barack Obama won Idaho's caucuses in 2008.

None of the other Republicans listed, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Thad McCotter, or Buddy Roemer reached the 5% level.

Added KCRR president Ward, "What's amazing is that the California Straw Poll from earlier this week only had 833 votes cast out of over 37 million residents and we had 493 votes cast from just our area. It's a much higher per capita turnout."


The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans is a group of Republican activists in North Idaho formed in 2009. The group has no official position on the 2010 Presidential race.



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  • northidahonative posted at 11:03 am on Fri, Sep 23, 2011.

    northidahonative Posts: 1167

    If Idaho political Parties conduct their own "straw polls" then why should the Idaho Tax Payer foot the Bill for Primary Elections, why don't both Parties select their own Candidates, and then the rest of us will vote for which ever Candidate we choose in the General Election?

    """""""They seem to have progressively gotten worse since G.W. Bush.""""""

    Republican candidates have become progressively worse since Nixon, and many of us remember how that Administration ended, the Dems have gotten worse since Clinton.

    Out of all the announced candidates of both Parties today, I've become most interested in Huntsman, although I'd only vote for him if he ran as an Independent, he's the only one from either Party who seems to have both guts and brains.

  • BoxcarBill posted at 11:27 pm on Wed, Sep 21, 2011.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074


  • truthiness posted at 3:47 pm on Wed, Sep 21, 2011.

    truthiness Posts: 192

    The People ask a question, any question, of Perry:

    Perry's answer: "Derp, derp, derp - what I said earlier, don't listen to it! It's Obama's fault! I love Christ, really! Gimme money!"

  • The Other Decider posted at 11:47 am on Wed, Sep 21, 2011.

    The Other Decider Posts: 265

    They are all nothing but clowns and how the heck can they have the guts to do a straw poll with the current selection - I'd would be ashamed. The 2012 General Election cycle is not going to have a good selection from either party. They seem to have progressively gotten worse since G.W. Bush.

  • max power posted at 8:02 am on Wed, Sep 21, 2011.

    max power Posts: 559

    Doesn't really matter. A cardboard cut out of Daffyduck will beat out Obama in 2012...

  • northone9 posted at 11:14 pm on Tue, Sep 20, 2011.

    northone9 Posts: 292

    The freaky part is that we know these people.
    Reagan? Really?
    And Sara Palin? I mean you must be just plain nuts.
    Way to aim low................Again.
    Chris Christie? At least he sounds like he has a pair.
    I'd go with him heavy if I were you.......................losers.
    No offense. You are my neighbors after all!
    Oh, and by the way your web site is reeeeeeeeeeeeally patriotic. If that's what you were going for you nailed it!
    Peace and love.

  • Randy Myers posted at 7:50 pm on Tue, Sep 20, 2011.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    OMG!!! This isn't the April 1st Edition of the Press early is it ?

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