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Email Response re Cancellation of TEXAS Straw Poll

I just received this email.

Thank you very much for writing regarding a straw poll in Texas. There is a lot of misinformation circulating around the internet that you may have received. The state party held a straw poll in 2007, however, it lost money. We thoroughly investigated the possibility of holding one for 2012, including how much staff time it would take, cost of facilities, amount of hotel rooms the State Party would have to guarantee etc. We determined that the financial exposure to the Party would be several hundred thousand. This cost along with the fact that we could not get a majority of the candidates to commit to attending, led us to the conclusion that it was too much of a financial risk to hold. As the party was three quarters of a million dollars in debt when I took over last summer, I could not risk the Party falling back into financial distress. Another factor was that at the time we only had 7 full time staff members when typically the party has between 15 and 20 in an off year. It should be noted that this decision was made before all the candidates in the current field decided to run for office. For example, Governor Rick Perry at the time we made our decision had indicated he was not running for president. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me directly here at the state party headquarters.

Thank you for writing and expressing your opinion,
Steve Munisteri

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I just got the same email,

I just got the same email, word for word, last night.

I was curious as to the accuracy of all of this, so I went ahead and looked into it further.

I called the Fort Worth convention center and I think I see why it was so expensive. They rented the 26,000 sq. ft. Arena with seating for 13,000 people, the 28,000 sq. ft. ballroom, exhibit halls A, B and C. Meeting rooms 204, 101, 102, 104, 200, 201A B and C, and 203. All of this was over a period of three days at the end of august/early September.

Does this seem like overkill to anyone else?

If it cost several hundred thousand dollars in 2007 the event got 1300 votes in total. If the tickets were $100 each like they were in CA (I'm not sure if this is true), you would have brought in $130k right there. Clearly you would have more attendance this time around. Also, in 2007 townhall.com sponsored the event. Who knows how much they chipped in to have their logo on the podium and in the title of the poll.

- Grow Mushrooms at Home

That's why we don't need authority

or parties.

They have plenty of money to waste when it suits them and none when it suits the people.

I guess they have spent all their money on special programs for the Diebold machines.

I feel like that answer is

I feel like that answer is insulting. Several hundred thousand dollars? I honestly don't know for sure, but the cost of most of the overhead should be covered with the fact that you are holding a convention I would think. I participated in the CPAC straw poll, and if they spent a couple hundred thousand dollars I would have no idea where it went.

If you cannot make money off a straw poll in a state that is home to two candidates in this political enviroment, then you have no business being in charge of anything.

Anyone want to hold a straw

Anyone want to hold a straw poll in a rally in the park?

Total cost - zero.

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Sounds legit to me !

Remember all the extra security they bought in 2007 , just to keep out Ron Paul delegates and the extra pamphlets with the wrong time. That's just the extra expense that is a problem.


extra pamphlets with the wrong time? Were these just handed out to RP supporters?

Great example


Funny how Iowa raises a ton of money

with their straw poll event, yet Texas can't? Come on, man!

alan laney

Like in most...

deep south states, the Texas republican party was practically non-existent until the late 70's early 80's and had only a small minority of Texas govt offices and positions until the mid-90's. See chart here:


There is no republican tradition in Texas and the republican organizing groups are small and informal.

Also, Iowa is a caucus state. In a caucus state you don't have to organize a special event just for a straw poll since they just hold them at the caucuses.

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

fire your event planner