GOP notes

by thoughtfulconservative

At today it’s all GOP, all the time.

First a poll finds Thompson appeals to churchgoers.

Giuliani leads Thompson 29 percent to 21 percent among Republicans generally, the new national CBS News poll suggests.

But weekly Republican churchgoers back Thompson by a margin of 29 percent to 19 percent for Giuliani — roughly tying John McCain.

Then Republicans trade blows at fiery debate.

After two weeks of sparring from afar, the top GOP presidential candidates took their attacks up close Sunday, using the first round of their debate here to question one another’s conservative credentials.

Even Rudi claimed to be conservative. The four co-called top tier candidates received most of the questions.

While the lesser-knowns were brought into the conversation more toward the end, they were largely used as foils for the front-runners.

Then the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Straw Poll” found Mike Huckabee winning among those people attending the event but Mitt Romney winning the online poll.

The 5,775-vote total included thousands of people who had voted online, and might have become eligible by paying as little as $1 to join FRC Action, the legislative action arm of the Family Research Council.

Heck, the Romney campaign could have had hundreds just in Mitt’s pocket change.

Although the audience of evangelicals at the Washington Hilton was not told about the alternate count, the crowd favorite by a mile among the 952 attendees who voted in person was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. He took 51 percent of the in-person votes, compared to just 10 percent for the former Massachusetts governor.

Organizers said they wound up with more than 2,200 attendees, plus more than 400 journalists. Further complicating the voting totals, about 600 attendees voted online, so making it tougher to generalize about the discrepancies, organizers said.

Boy, what confusion. So essentially it doesn’t mean much.

The scrambled results obscured a clear message: To the degree that the group represents evangelical voters, they remain flummoxed about where to put their prestige and muscle in the ’08 race.

Even more surprising, Democrats got 32 of the online votes and 10 votes from those attending. So much for the monolithic Christian right vote, although it was overwhelmingly Republican.

2 Comments to “GOP notes”

  1. Nice coverage of the GOP affairs here. I find that trying to keep up with all the top-tier Republican candidates to be nearly a full time job. As much as I dislike Democrats and liberals I almost envy the Democrats for having such a clear cut favorite already.

    If I had to put my money on a Republican candidate I would say it would have to be Thompson. I like his stance on issues and the fact that he is not the front runner. Historically, front runners before the primaries end up not winning the primary. Good news for us, bad news for liberals.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. I would personally favor Mike Huckabee, but any of the Republicans would be acceptable, even Ron Paul would be preferable to any of the Democrats I’ve seen.

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