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Santorum disputes CPAC straw poll


Conservatives held their annual confab in Washington DC last week where they conduct a basically meaningless straw poll. The poll’s track record on predicting the eventual nominee isn’t that great. It’s misses as often as it hits, and the attendees represent a small segment of the most conservative faction in the GOP. Still, most of the leading voices of the far right opinion leaders attend and winning the poll generates media attention.

This year Romney took the prize even though Rick Santorum was better received during the speeches. Santorum speculates that’s because Romney bought the CPAC win:

Rick Santorum suggested on Sunday that Mitt Romney’s campaign may have rigged a straw poll of conservative activists by paying the entrance fee for supporters.

“You have to talk to the Romney campaign and how many tickets they bought,” Santorum said. “We’ve heard all sorts of things.”

No idea if it’s true or if it even matters. They accused Ron Paul of doing the same the last couple of times he won the poll. It seems a pretty expensive way to buy little more than bragging rights but as far as I know there’s no rule against busing in supporters.

However it does point to growing trend of disputed “wins” by Mr. Romney. If the establishment GOP is going to manipulate the process for Mitt in the official contests and Romney can afford to buy the beauty pagents, one wonders why rank and file conservatives should even take the time and trouble to get out and vote. [photoshop photo via]

Libby Spencer
Libby Spencer is a social media maven whose political commentary has been published on a wide variety of websites including a rather short lived guest blog at Fox News. She has been practicing her particular brand of punditry at the Detroit News Politics blog since April 2004.