That's one of several questions raised by Karen Tumulty's great story Thursday on the politics of down-ballot endorsements by potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates. Some Republicans were mystified by Romney's decision in March to back Nikki Haley, a South Carolina...
April 22, 2010; 11:51 AM ET |
Categories: 2012 Election , Mitt Romney | Tags: Karen Tumulty, Kathleen Parker, Nikki Haley, Politics, Republican, Romney, South Carolina, United States
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In a surprise, Mitt Romney edged out Ron Paul to win the SRLC straw poll by a single vote.
NEW ORLEANS -- Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) are amused by the rumors about their straw poll prowess. "We keep hearing about the well-organized Paul machine," said Tim Shoemaker, a legislative campaigner for Paul's 501(c)4, the Campaign for Liberty,...
There are, right now, two likely straw poll narratives. Either Paul wins and the poll is soft-pedaled, or Palin wins and the conference becomes her first big triumph with GOP activists -- albeit without Romney or Pawlenty asking for votes.
Decisions by Mitt Romney and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) to skip the Southern Republican Leadership Conference have drained some of the buzz from the event's straw poll. In 2006, when the conference was held in Nashville, retiring Sen. Bill Frist...