Politically Speaking: Plymouth County GOP straw poll
Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking
A lede that might be repeated in two weekends: Romney wins straw poll.
The Plymouth County Republican Party held an unofficial straw poll at
the county fair in Le Mars, Iowa, through yesterday, and 757 people
took time to name their preferred candidates, as well as answering
"which issue is the most important factor in determining who is your
favorite candidate?" Plymouth County GOP chairman Don Kass explained
the straw poll wasn't confined to Plymouth County residents, so a few
out-of-county and non-Iowans took part. Romney got 226 votes, Rudy
Giuliani 118, Fred Thompson 80, John McCain 72 and Mike Huckabee 43,
although it's worth noting that 94 people, 12.5 percent, were
undecided. (Fred Thompson isn't even a declared candidate). Kass said
Romney's win reflects the focus he has placed on succeeding in Iowa
and due to the quality of his campaign organization. So, will the former
Massachusetts governor win the Aug. 11 Iowa Republican Party straw poll?