Romney Edges Paul in Straw Poll Vote
In case you missed it over the weekend, Mitt Romney edged out Ron Paul to win the SRLC straw poll by a single vote, reports Dave Weigel.
Romney took 439 votes (24%) to Paul’s 438 votes (also 24%), a result that disappointed a Paul-heavy crowd that had stuck around to watch the results. Sarah Palin came in third with 330 votes (18%), and Newt Gingrich came in fourth with 321 votes (18%); Mike Huckabee, who did not attend the event, scored 4%. Total ballots cast: 1,806.
Proving that he’s the Republican party frontrunner in 2012, Romney won the straw poll without even attending the event.
Quote of the Day
“We need to purge the Republicans of the weaklings. And we’re on a RINO hunt. And we’re going to drive them to extinction.”
— Tea Party Express 3 Chairman Mark Williams, in an interview with CNN, on “Republicans in name only.”
1994 Casts a Shadow Over 2010 Midterm Elections
“In many ways, the 1994 election has become the template both Republicans and Democrats are looking to as they set their strategies for the fall Congressional elections,” the New York Times observes. “Democratic campaign operatives, who are girding for big losses, began meeting quietly with party strategists involved in the 1994 contests last summer, looking for lessons on how to avoid another rout.”
“Yet 1994 seems an imprecise way to predict how this contest will play out. While there are intriguing parallels, there are some important differences as well. And though Democrats might look to those differences as glimmers of light … the divergences seem as likely to benefit Republicans as Democrats, analysts in both parties said.”
“Further, it seems too early to measure the effect of what is perhaps the biggest difference between the two cycles — that Democrats this time succeeded in passing a major health care bill.”