Just wanted to post some interesting results I've found as I've been researching into the Florida Straw Poll being rigged. Granted, most of this
commentary comes from editorial pieces, but It's come to my attention that almost 30+ percent of attendees did not Vote in the Florida Straw Poll
(800+ Votes were not counted due to the Polls closing early (people were not allowed to vote, because they closed polls early and turned voters away)
"3,500 delegates were chosen to attend by county chairs, with another 1,500 apparently attending by the random lottery method.... At $175 a ticket, it
doesn't seem very likely to me that only 2,657 delegates would vote. That is an enormous difference. With the straw poll being taken and closed before
4:30pm instead of after 4:30pm as in the schedule, it seems very likely these results are completely invalid."
"With 3,500 voters, it means NO VOTE came in 2nd place with 24% of the vote. With 5,000 attenders, NO VOTE comes in 1st place with 47% of the
"And if that ISN'T the story, then this is the story: the GOP had 24% - 46% of its members not voting in its OWN STRAW POLL, that they were especially
""The straw poll was conducted in a very disorganized and insecure manner. We did the best we could within our county delegation to make sure that
each delegate present got a ballot and that they were turned in. However, it was so chaotic, I didn't really feel confident in the process. It would
have been easy to manipulate the results.
I was surprised by the extremely low vote count. At the opening of the afternoon session, they announced there were 3,471 delegates checked in for the
poll. So how come only 2,657 people voted? Who would pay $175 plus travel, and possibly hotel expenses, to go there, but NOT VOTE. The room was pretty
full (and our county delegation was packed), but it seems likely that people missed the vote, or that votes were pulled."
Herman Cain 985 28.14% 19.70%
Rick Perry 409 11.69% 8.18%
Mitt Romney 371 10.60% 7.42%
Rick Santorum 289 8.26% 5.78%
Ron Paul 276 7.89% 5.52%
Newt Gingrich 223 6.37% 4.46%
Jon Huntsman 61 1.74% 1.22%
Michele Bachmann39 1.11% 0.78%
NO VOTE 24.20% (3500) or 46.94% (5000)
“…There’s some unconfirmed chatter about strategic voting pumping up Cain’s numbers.”
"Of course, the real reason I’m thinking that the 2011 Florida Straw Poll was rigged is because – well, after having spent the better part of a
quarter of a century involved in the dark underbelly of politics and having been involved in my fair share of straw polls – I can smell this kind
fish from a thousand miles away."
Anyone have anything else to add?
edit on 18-10-2011 by squidboy because: (no reason given)