Fervent followers lift Ron Paul to Pasco straw poll win

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Slanted coverage on a recent event that I attended, but at least the win is being reported. - Silentboom

Texas Congressman Ron Paul may be polling in the single digits nationally, but his Florida supporters were passionate enough to travel for hours to propel their candidate to a win in Pasco County's first-ever Republican Party straw poll.

Paul's supporters drove from Orlando, Sarasota, even Miami, to the Pasco County Fairgrounds to cast a ballot for their candidate, virtually guaranteeing a win for Paul.

With 171 votes, the Paul campaign more than tripled the showing for second-place candidate Newt Gingrich, who polled at 51. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was a distant third, with 30 votes.

"This is what Ron Paul does all over the state," said Bill Bunting, Pasco's GOP state committeeman. "They're organized and passionate. We had people here from as far away as Volusia County. I think it's unethical, personally."

Longtime Paul supporter Jeff Griffin, who lives in Land O'Lakes, said he ran out of "Ron Paul" stickers after handing out the first 200.

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain took Florida by storm in late September, winning the state's first straw poll in Orlando. That win propelled the former restaurant executive to front-runner status until a host of allegations ranging from sexual harassment to a decade-long extramarital affair forced him from the race.

Read more: http://www2.tbo.com/news/pasco-news/2011/dec/14/4/ron-paul-tops-in-gop-straw-poll-in-pasco-ar-334533/


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