Texas Straw Poll

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Rep. Duncan Hunter, (left) the winner of the poll, greets the delegation at the Fort Worth Convention Center September 1, 2007, on stage with Dr. Hugh Cort (center), Ray McKinney (right) and Texas GOP Chairman Tina Benkiser (back turned).

The Texas Straw Poll was a non-binding straw poll of the Texas Republican Party for the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nomination. Townhall.com sponsored the first and only iteration of the event on Saturday, September 1, 2007, in Fort Worth. Five candidates including Congressman Duncan Hunter of California, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, mechanical engineer Ray McKinney of George, attorney John H. Cox of Illinois and psychiatrist Hugh Cort of Alabama, attended and addressed the voters.[1] In total, 1,300 votes were cast. Hunter won with 534 votes. Former Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee, who did not address the event, finished second. Paul came in third.[2] [3]

In 2011, organizers canceled a repeat of the event slated to determine preferences for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.

Participants

Results

Voters were required to either have served as a delegate or alternate to a Texas Republican Party Convention in the preceding four years[1] or have served as a Texas delegate at either of the previous two Republican National Conventions. The results were non-binding.

Place Candidate Votes Percentage
1 Duncan Hunter 534 41.08%
2 Fred Thompson 266 20.46
3 Ron Paul 217 16.69
4 Mike Huckabee 83 6.38
5 Rudy Giuliani 78 6.00
6 Mitt Romney 61 4.69
7 Ray McKinney 28 2.15
8 John H. Cox 10 0.77
9 John McCain 8 0.62
10 Sam Brownback 6 0.46
11 Tom Tancredo 6 0.46
12 Hugh Cort 3 0.23
Total 1,300 [2]

Cancellation

The 2011 poll was canceled due to a lack of candidate interest.[4] Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars, disputed this rationale, speculating the cancellation was to prevent Ron Paul from embarrassing sitting Texas governor Rick Perry.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Texas Straw Poll draws small crowd". Gainesville Daily Register. September 4, 2007. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Ham, Mary Katherine (September 1, 2007). "Duncan Hunter Runs Away With Texas Straw Poll, Paul a Distant Third". Townhall.com. Archived from the original on September 8, 2007. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Duncan Hunter Wins Texas GOP Straw Poll" (PDF). CBS News. September 2, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  4. ^ Hallow, Ralph (June 16, 2011). Texas GOP scraps straw poll. The Washington Times. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Watson, Paul Joseph (September 19, 2011). "Ron Paul Cheated Out of Texas Straw Poll Win?". InfoWars. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
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