GOP Convention Straw Poll

May 8, 2007

Contact: Chris Farris 404-806-1403
Jason Shepherd 770-265-5268

GFYRC; RLC-GA Join Forces for Presidential Preference Straw Poll at State GOP Convention

(ATLANTA) May 8, 2007– The Georgia Federation of Young Republican Clubs (GFYRC) and the Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia (RLC-GA) announce both groups will co-sponsor a GOP Presidential Preference Straw Poll at the Georgia Republican Party State Convention, May 18-19 in Gwinnett County. With 10 candidates announced or expected to announce, candidates, activists and pundits all want to know what is on the mind of Georgia’s most dedicated Republicans.

“With such a wide field of candidates, we are curious to see who has the most support among the attendees of the Republican Convention, who should be some of the best informed voters,” said GFYRC Communications Director Stephanie Milner.

“With several states, including Georgia, moving their presidential preference primaries to early February the nominees will no longer be decided by the media and the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire. As one of the few states where the GOP gained ground in 2006, Georgia is going to play an important roll in determining who is the next President of the United States,” added RLC-GA Chairman Chris Farris.

The Georgia Republican Party will not be conducting a straw poll and no other organization has announced their intention to host one. The candidates to be included in the poll are: Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Fred Thompson of Tennessee and Sam Brownback of Kansas, Reps. Duncan Hunter of California, Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Ron Paul of Texas, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of Georgia, former governors Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Jim Gilmore of Virginia and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

GOP Delegates, Alternates and Guests will be able to get a ballot at the GFYRC or RLC tables. Proper measures will be taken to avoid duplicate voting. Balloting will begin Friday morning and end at noon on Saturday.

ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN LIBERTY CAUCUS OF GEORGIA – Founded in 1990 the Republican Liberty Caucus works to advance the principles of limited government, free markets and individual liberty within the Republican Party. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia endorsed 29 pro-liberty Republicans in 2006, 25 of which now serve in office.

– The GFYRC is an officially recognized allied organization of the Georgia Republican Party. Made up of 11 federated chapters across Georgia, the GFYRC seeks to increase party participation by individuals aged 18-40 inclusively.


  1. Bull Moose says:

    Ah, Straw Polls… Well, if you remember, Phil Gramm won a lot of them in 1996 and Bob Dole was our nominee.

    Senator Bill Frist won a few big straw polls earlier this year and he’s not even a candidate.

    So, I put as much value in straw polls as I do on Miss Cleo telling me my future…

  2. GOPeach says:

    Jason –

    Must we always have straw polls at GOP functions?
    Frankly, I’d rather grab a few elephants from the Shiners at the Jim Miller Park and charge people to ride them around the Convention Hall.

    You guys need money – right?

  3. GOPGrassroots says:

    Jason Shepherd…isn’t that the guy who’s begun hin race to be Governor in 2018 after Oxendine wins in 2010???

  4. drjay says:

    i think a straw poll at the convention is a good idea–the chance for heavy presidential political presence seems to have been scuttled for whatever reason–and i do understand straw polls are to be taken w/ a grain of salt–but i applaud the yr’s and liberty caucus for teaming up to do this–and bull just tell yourself its for “entertainment purposes only” and you should be ok–at least thats what miss cleo told me…

  5. jsm says:

    I like the idea of another straw poll. Fred Thompson needs another reason to get in the race. I wonder if Mitt will hang around long enough to see himself lose.

  6. shep1975 says:

    We are now getting conflicting info. After our contact the State Party said there wasn’t going to be a straw poll, we were told the Gwinnett voting machines have been rented by the party to conduct a straw poll at the convention.

    I don’t think the Shriner’s elephants are local and I doubt rentable. Also the insurance alone would kill any profit.

  7. Chris says:

    I like the idea of marching some elephants from North Cobb over to Gwinnett. I can just hear Capt. Herb now….

  8. GOPeach says:

    Jason and Chris:

    Must I remind you of the great war elephants in history? The large masses of land they trampled to make an impact to strike fear in the heart of the enemy???

    How soon you forget Alexander the Great marching elephants into Europe and later Hanibul marching elephants over the Alps from Iberia into Italy…

    And you question marching them from Marietta to Gwinnette???? Where is your sense of adventure gentlemen?

    Are you more concerned about insurance and the rentability of elephants than the need to raise money for a good cause? Just call the Shriners and get them on board!

  9. Icarus says:

    Crazy as you are Peach, you may have just figured out the least expensive way to build the Northern Arc. I’ll bet those folks in Forsyth County will sure be surprised to see elephants come through their living rooms instead of bulldozers.

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