Sunday, March 12, 2006

Blah blah Frist blah blah Straw Poll

Bill Frist has won the the Southern Republican Leadership Council's straw poll. At least we now know that the SRLC straw poll is an exercise in futility. I hope that Senator Frist enjoys being the "front runner" for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination. It will last long enough for another poll to come out that shows Giuliani or McCain on top.

The most interesting part of the straw poll is the voting for "second choice". I think that, once you take out a little home turf favoritism for George Allen, reflect Republicans around the country much better than the "first choice" portion of the poll did. Here are the results for "second choice":
2nd Choices Of Frist Voters (%age Only)
George Allen 18.4%
Mitt Romney 12.0
Rudy Giuliani 12.0
John McCain 10.6
Pres. Bush (write in) 7.0
Mike Huckabee 4.0
Newt Gingrich 3.4
Sam Brownback 2.7
Condi Rice (write in) 2.1
Chuck Hagel 1.0
George Pataki 0.8
It's a little closer to reality than the first poll, but I still can't help but wonder if they took the straw poll before or after the bar was opened.

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