Texas r3VOL: Y'all gettin' Ready for THE Biggest GOP Presidential Straw Poll Ever, in 2014?Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Fri, 09/27/2013 - 00:34
Republican candidate Ron Paul gives a speech at the 2007 straw poll. PHOTO: Tom Pennington/Star-Telegram
Posted Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013
By Anna M. Tinsley
Texas Republicans hope to stage the biggest presidential straw poll of the 2016 campaign in downtown Fort Worth next year.
They hope the poll will thrust Texas into the national limelight — signaling to voters nationwide which candidate should win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination — especially when combined next year with the GOP state convention, one of the largest Republican gatherings in the country.
“We want to make sure that Texas has a greater voice in the national party's selection of our nominee,” Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri said, referring to last year’s primary election that was delayed until late May, when the presidential race was already decided. “This will give Texas a chance to really help pick the nominee.”
It comes at a time when there may be candidates with Texas ties on the ballot.