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Monday, February 13, 2012

Did Romney Cheat to Win Two Separate Votes on Saturday?

Posted by on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Ron Paul is refusing to concede Maine. He was expecting to win caucuses that were canceled due to snow. The Republican Party of Maine then announced that those caucuses would not matter:

But in Washington County, where Paul had expected to perform well, the caucus was postponed until Feb. 18 due to an expected snowstorm. Washington County Republican Chairman Chris Gardner told the AP he had no idea when the caucuses were postponed that his county would no longer count toward the grand total.

And Rick Santorum says Mitt Romney paid to win the CPAC straw poll:

Romney beat Santorum by 7 points Saturday in a straw poll of almost 3,500 attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Santorum pointed out that Ron Paul had won the poll in both of the past two years "because he just trucks in a lot of people pays for their ticket, they come in and vote and then leave."

Did Mitt Romney buy CPAC? Did the Republican Party manipulate the results in Maine so that they'd land in Mitt Romney's favor? Probably and maybe, in that order. But that's the thing about running for president: If you cheat and you win, you're still the president. Very occasionally, you get caught. But if your opponents waste their time complaining about fair play, that gives you time to seize a valuable lead.

 

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Trucking in people is also known as getting out the vote and is a pretty important part of campaigning.
Posted by giffy on February 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Peteykins 2
That's just silly: the CPAC poll is ALWAYS bought. Ron Paul has been buying it for years!
Posted by Peteykins http://sparklepony.blogspot.com on February 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
Vince 3
And then the nursery school teacher said "Stop your crying, put your heads down, and take a nappy".
Posted by Vince on February 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM · Report this
LogopolisMike 4
Of all the things I think it's hilarious to watch Republicans get incensed about hypocritically, I think voter suppression is the funniest.

(The previous sentence is only true for strange values of 'hilarious' and 'funniest' which also make me sad if I think about the reason they make me laugh too much.)
Posted by LogopolisMike http://logopolis.typepad.com on February 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM · Report this
KittenKoder 5
Caucuses are the worst polling method to use.
Posted by KittenKoder http://digitalnoisegraffiti.com/ on February 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
The Max 6
Wouldn't it be real funny if'n Mittens were to Fall to some mundane campaigning scandal and his Republican Establishment backers were forced to pick Ron Burn It Down Paul or Newt the Serial Adulterer or Frothy Mix Santorum?
Posted by The Max on February 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
venomlash 7
@5: There are far worse, my dear.
Posted by venomlash on February 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM · Report this

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