GOPbloggers.org online poll hmm... somone missing again?Submitted by bcmiller on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 09:44
Once again you will not find Ron Paul, but you do find "none" that's who I voted for.
F. Thompson 342 (34.4%)
Romney 180 (18.1%)
Giuliani 171 (17.2%)
Gingrich 95 (9.6%)
Huckabee 54 (5.4%)
Tancredo 51 (5.1%)
(none) 40 (4%)
Hunter 36 (3.6%)
Brownback 12 (1.2%)
McCain 12 (1.2%)
Gilmore 1 (0.1%)
Statement from the site
"UPDATE: Some of you may be wondering about the absence of Ron Paul from this months straw poll. Let me explain. After my decision to include Ron Paul in the previous poll, I monitored (to the best of my ability) the efforts by Paul's online supporters. With the help of other bloggers, we discovered a sophisticated coordinated effort to spam the poll, obfuscate their actions, and even cheat the poll.
Shortly after the launch of the previous poll, I received an email from Jesse Benton, the communications director for Ron Paul's campaign. He was interested in getting information about what safeguards are used in the straw poll in order to protect it from spammers/cheaters. I made it clear that I was not about to share the details of what protections are place. His response was a bit less than amicable.
I found it very curious that someone from Ron Paul's campaign would have such an active interest in the GOP Straw Poll and specifically request such guarded details about it. This high suspect request, combined with the efforts of Paul's online supporters to spam/cheat the poll. Ron Paul has been removed from this months poll in order to provide usable data on the acceptability/unacceptability of the candidates in the race. As you may have noticed in the previous poll, people who voted for Ron Paul as their number one choice also only put Ron Paul as the only acceptable candidate -- a voting behavior not mimicked by supporters of other candidates. This made the data severely flawed and useless as a barometer -- even for an unscientific one.
So, that's all there is to say about it now."