This weekend saw a little 2012 movement with the California Straw Poll taking place on Saturday, September 17th. As is becoming a familiar result at events which can be organized for, Texas Congressman Ron Paul won the poll easily while Texas Governor Rick Perry picked up the second place title.

Report from Politico:

In what’s becoming an increasingly familiar pattern, Ron Paul won the California Republican Party’s straw poll tonight, party officials said. Rick Perry came in second, and Mitt Romney was the distant third.

It was not a prize that most campaigns were organizing for, given how blue the state is electorally (Romney is not taking part in straw polls this year, as part of his campaign’s way around the Ames event last month). The state’s main draw for Republicans is as a campaign ATM.

Paul’s supporters have tended to be organized around straw polls – he won the CPAC version again this year, for instance. A pro-Rick Perry super PAC, Americans for Rick Perry, has a main consultant who is based out of California, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether they put any measurable effort behind this event.

Results of the 900-vote pool of party activists:

Ron Paul (374, 44.9%)
Rick Perry (244, 29.3%)
Mitt Romney (74, 8.8%)
Michele Bachmann (64, 7.7%)
Jon Huntsman (17, 2.0%)
Herman Cain (15, 1.8%)
Newt Gingrich (14, 1.7%)
Thad McCotter (7, 0.8%)
Rick Santorum (7, 0.8%)
Gary Johnson (2, 0.2%)
Fred Karger (1, 0.1%)
Write-ins (15, 1.8%)

As stated by Politico, the California Straw Poll isn’t exactly a title that will give a candidate a bounce, however, it will help them raise some money and show a little more support. Ron Paul hasn’t had issues raising money and will be racking probably over a million dollars by today’s end from his “Constitution Day money bomb” happening now.


  1. I am looking forward to the next Republican Presidential debate on Sept 22. I would like to hear the following questions posed to all candidates.

    Given your clear dislike of the way the Federal government does it’s job now, how do you see the Federal government’s role in the United States changing once you are President?

    If, as many of you profess, the States should manage many of the functions currently under control of the Federal government, such as health care, environmental regulation, firearm regulation, bank and business regulation and others, what functions would you retain at the Federal level?

    How do you envision the relationship between Federal law and the tenets of Religion under your Presidential leadership? Is there a role for the Federal government in personal choice of Religion?

    If, as some of you say, the Federal government should not guarantee the health insurance for those who cannot afford it, how do you envision the proper response to an uninsured family bringing their sick child to an Emergency Center? Should they be helped or turned away if they cannot pay for the services? If they are helped, won’t that ultimately cost the health care system, whether Federal, State or regional more than if the family were insured?

    Thank you

  2. On the matter of medical/health care: see the cover story in the September 2009 issue of The Atlantic. David Goldhill’s article is titled “How American Healthcare Killed My Father”.

  3. On the matter of medical/health care: see the cover story in the September 2009 issue of Anecdotes are Shitty Evidence. John Doe’s article is titled “His father didn’t have to use healthcare; Republicans seem to be all for people dying of often preventable and treatable conditions”.

  4. That is immature @lol. Too many times we have seen the constitutional violations, civil rights violations, and downright lies from the liberals. They have nothing new. All they care about is destroying this country and taking away our sovereignty. Wake up and smell the coffee. The libs are not our friends. Ignorance is not bliss. Do your homework and stop listening to the bs spouted by Obamanus and all of his unconstitutional lackeys.

  5. They should concentrate on curable conditions.
    The word ‘Cure’ seems to be a taboo subject when discussing medical care, these days.

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