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Ron Paul wins Tennessee straw poll, but Santorum wins endorsement Read more: http://www.thestatecolumn.com/articles/ron-paul-wins-tennessee-straw-pol

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul won the Tennessee Republican Assembly straw poll Saturday. The Texas congressman garnered 200 votes in the straw poll, besting his fellow Republican presidential candidates by more than 100 votes each.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum pulled in 62 votes to finish in second place. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich earned 38 votes to secure a third place finish and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney brought in 15 votes to finish in fourth place.

Despite Mr. Paul’s victory in the Tennessee straw poll, the former Air Force surgeon did not receive an endorsement from the Tennessee Republican Assembly.

According to The Tennessean, Mr. Santorum received the Tennessee Republican Assembly’s endorsement after the Pennsylvania Republican received the most votes from dues-paying members during the endorsement process.

Glen Hughes, President of the Tennessee Republican Assembly, reacted to some confusion in the media about the straw polls results and Mr. Santorum’s victory in a statement on the group’s website.

“I want to thank the many Ron Paul supporters who purchased straw poll tickets and showed up to make their choice heard for their candidate in the Straw Poll,” Mr. Hughes wrote.

Mr. Hughes went on to explain that cases of one candidate winning the straw poll and the other candidate winning the endorsement are not unusual. In fact, the National Federation of Republican Assemblies Annual Convention in Des Moines Iowa in October 2011 also resulted in a straw poll victory for Mr. Paul and an endorsement from the group for Mr. Santorum.

Mr. Hughes also described why he thought that Mr. Paul had won the straw poll, but failed to secure the endorsement. “The Tennessee Straw Poll was dominated by Ron Paul supporters. This is what they do. Each individual will typically purchase multiple straw poll tickets and go to events en masse for the purpose of winning the straw poll,” Mr. Hughes professed.

Although Mr. Hughes noted his admiration for the passion of Mr. Paul’s supporters, he posited that if the Texas congressman’s supporters “had chosen to be a member of the TRA they could have participated in the endorsement process and have had one vote per member.”

“To say that for the cost of a straw poll ticket someone should be allowed to influence the official endorsement of a group, of which they are not a member, is beyond my comprehension,” Mr. Hughes added.

Mr. Paul also won the Arizona Republican Party straw poll over the weekend with 256 votes.

Read more:http://www.thestatecolumn.com/articles/ron-paul-wins-tennessee-straw-poll-but-santorum-wins-endorsement/#ixzz1l3WLo3EE


Added: Jan-31-2012 Occurred On: Jan-31-2012
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  • The Fed just said low interest rates for 3 years.

    The dollar game is up. Its over.

    The reckoning is coming.

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  • Ron Paul has the perfect background for DC -- gynecology

    it's all pussies and babies in congress these days

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  • Funny, The candidate with the least amount of money accused of "buying" the election when he wins.

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  • any real updates on Florida? can't trust CNN or anybody,..

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  • Time Warner has CNN on a Ron Paul gag Order,..

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  • How can they call it a legal election... if they are not letting the peoples vote stand!!

    Why do we even bother to vote... they are only going to put in who they want anyhow.

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    • @mysterykeeper

      Is was not an election, only people that paid to attend were allowed to vote. Paul just loaded the hall with his minions. He does not have the same support with Republican party members.

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    • @tsnwi

      Who do you think is bringing in the new generation of Republicans, it is Ron Paul. If it wasn't for him and his message of small limited government the GOP would be nothing but old washed up has beens. But hey if the GOP wishes to dismiss the younger generation of conservatives I'm sure there are other parties out there who would be glad to have us on board.

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  • I once asked an acquaintance from Tennessee if he knew any good redneck jokes. He replied, "We don't have any redneck jokes in Tennessee, they're just known as 'Facts'."

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  • “To say that for the cost of a straw poll ticket someone should be allowed to influence the official endorsement of a group, of which they are not a member, is beyond my comprehension,” Mr. Hughes added.

    It's your dumb ass organization fuck head. Maybe change the rules before instead of after next time.

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    • @GiygasFetus so true.... not only that how can they even complain about the cost of a ticket influencing anything??? THEY DON'T LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE ANYWAY NO MATTER WHO THEY VOTE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • If anybody but Paul had won they would have endorsed said winner

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  • This is getting very comical now.

    These people have no shame. I'd like to hear them say that Ron Paul has won the presidency only because he stacked America with his supporters...lol

    What a bunch of crooks. I used to think that the Guillotine was a bit too harsh during the French Revolution but it would probably be very effective on these criminals in designer suits.


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  • wall street has spoken

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  • ~ROTFL.

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  • Ron Paul will not get the republican nomination ! ! ! If Ron Paul goes independent - - - he will split the republican vote and barry will be re-elected ! ! !

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  • Well, Ron Paul won ALL the straw polls.... so he has only straws to keep him from drowning. Hahahaha....well, he asked for straws.

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  • Boo Hoo. Paul couldn't steal a straw-poll.

    This is typical of how Paulbots hope to steal the nomination. His supporters, many of whom are not Republican, vote in the Republican primaries and caucuses in a blatant attempt to hijack the Republican Party. That's one of the reasons Paul can not be trusted. His win in the Straw poll does not reflect his support from true Republicans, yet his minions will portray this as the establishment holding him down. He's not a Republican or a conservitive More..

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    • @tsnwi

      lol,..ohh man,that is a real resplendent response,...
      heh heh

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    • @tsnwi Ron Paul is a republican its you and people who think like you who have hijacked the republican party.

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