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June 5, 2012
Maryland Young Republicans have put Harford County Executive David Craig on top in the organization's first straw poll for the 2014 gubernatorial election. The poll was taken at the MDYR annual convention in Annapolis Saturday, according to a news release from chairman Brian Griffiths. Craig finished first with 25 percent of the vote. Former lieutenant governor and RNC chairman Michael Steele finished second with 21 percent, followed by former Maryland secretary of state Larry Hogan with 13 percent.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.  is planning a weekend of Republican Party events this month in New Hampshire, quickly becoming a popular destination for Maryland politicians. The ex-governor is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Nashua Republican City Committee's Friday night Steak Out fundraiser event Sept. 12. The next day he will hold a breakfast event Sept. 13 in Keene, followed by the New Hampshire Young Republicans' Annual Lobster Bake and Straw Poll in Laconia.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown won a straw poll of Western Maryland Democrats who gathered Saturday in one of the most Republican-dominated regions of the state. Brown outpolled fellow gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler 76-64 at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit. Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County, who received a boost last year when she came in second to Brown in a straw poll before she had even announced her candidacy, came in third this year with 50 votes.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown won a straw poll of Western Maryland Democrats who gathered Saturday in one of the most Republican-dominated regions of the state. Brown outpolled fellow gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler 76-64 at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit. Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County, who received a boost last year when she came in second to Brown in a straw poll before she had even announced her candidacy, came in third this year with 50 votes.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | June 9, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain has told GOP leaders in Iowa that he won't participate in the straw poll on presidential preference the party is sponsoring Aug. 14.By taking that position, the Arizona Republican may be risking the ire of some party functionaries in the state that will hold the first precinct caucuses next Feb. 7. But he is also demonstrating that he knows the difference between a meaningless media event and serious politics.There are some lessons that politicians never seem to learn, and the folly of straw polls is one of them.
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By New York Times News Service | January 8, 1995
*TC BATON ROUGE, La. -- Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas overwhelmingly won a presidential popularity poll yesterday among Louisiana Republicans that may be more a testament to his letter-writing abilities than a reflection of his prospects for the White House in 1996.Mr. Gramm received 902 votes to 150 for his nearest rival, Patrick J. Buchanan, the conservative commentator. None of the others had more than 100 votes.In the larger political scheme, the early presidential preferences of Republicans in Louisiana -- a state that has long been dominated by Democratic politics -- are virtually meaningless.
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By LARRY CARSON | May 20, 2007
Barack Obama narrowly edged out fellow U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards in an unscientific, but interesting, presidential straw poll of some of Howard County's most dedicated Democrats. The poll was done at the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner Thursday night at Clarksville's Ten Oaks Ballroom, with Clinton supporter (and straw voter) Gov. Martin O'Malley the main speaker. The results surprised some of the more than 300 people attending. Obama got 65 votes to Clinton's 61, and former Senator Edwards got 56 votes.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | June 28, 1994
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa straw poll of 1996 Republican presidential prospects won by Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole here last weekend only tells us what we already knew: Dole, from neighboring Kansas, remains well-liked here and would be the favorite to win the Iowa caucuses if they were held now instead of about 20 months from now, in February of 1996.In receiving 356 of 1,349 votes cast at an event he did not attend, Dole fell back on the party support that helped him beat George Bush in the 1988 Iowa caucuses.
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By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,Washington Bureau of The Sun | June 26, 1994
DES MOINES -- Iowans like to remind visitors that the hit movie, "Field of Dreams," was filmed in their state. In it, the hero builds a baseball diamond in the middle of nowhere to attract the greats of the game and is told, "If you build it, they will come."The political version of that fairy tale was constructed here this weekend by the Iowa Republican Party. It held a straw poll of 1996 presidential prospects in conjunction with the party's state convention yesterday, and they came -- that is, seven 1996 hopefuls did.But the winner of the poll turned out to be one potential White House aspirant who didn't come: Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas.
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By Michael Finnegan and Michael Finnegan,Los Angeles Times | June 7, 2007
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- An Iowa straw poll that traditionally has served as an early benchmark in the Republican presidential nomination race lost much of its luster yesterday, as first Rudolph W. Giuliani and then John McCain decided not to compete in it. The straw poll, scheduled for Aug. 11, in past campaigns has drawn tens of thousands of Republicans to a state party gathering in Ames, Iowa. But candidates vying to run well have had to spend large sums of money to transport supporters to cast ballots at the gathering.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
With signs in the hall saying “Carson 2016” and “Run Ben, Run,” Dr. Ben Carson doubled down on some of his most controversial statements in a speech Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. And he fired up the partisan audience with talk of "the media," "the left" and "PC police" trying to "shut" him up. Going on the attack early over what he labeled "political correctness" attacks on him, Carson drew cheers from the crowd when he said, “I hate PC, and I will continue to defy the PC police who have tried in many cases to shut me up.” Referring to a statement he made comparing same sex marriage to bestiality, Carson said, “I still believe marriage is between a man and woman.” The statement to which he referred Saturday was made in March on Fox News where Carson is now employed.
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June 5, 2012
Maryland Young Republicans have put Harford County Executive David Craig on top in the organization's first straw poll for the 2014 gubernatorial election. The poll was taken at the MDYR annual convention in Annapolis Saturday, according to a news release from chairman Brian Griffiths. Craig finished first with 25 percent of the vote. Former lieutenant governor and RNC chairman Michael Steele finished second with 21 percent, followed by former Maryland secretary of state Larry Hogan with 13 percent.
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By Matt Patterson | March 6, 2009
This year's gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference was a largely depressing affair, where the effects of political marginalization - alienation and radicalization - could be observed among the assembled conservatives. All around me last weekend were sentiments best described as kookery. "Obama is a tyrant!" I heard more than once. There was the sad sameness of dress and style (how I longed to see someone wearing a Led Zeppelin T-shirt); the deficit of African-American and Latino faces; and Mitt Romney buying himself another straw poll (as went a common lament)
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December 7, 2007
A hearing on a proposal to build 38 townhouses, four apartments and a 30,000-square-foot commercial marina in the Devonport community in Middle River is scheduled today. White Marsh-based Gast Construction Co. has proposed building the residences and marina on the east side of Old Eastern Avenue, north of Punte Lane, as part of its Villas at Devonport project. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Room 106 of the County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson. Information: 410-887-3321 Towson Presidential straw poll planned The Central Baltimore County Democratic Club and Towson University College Democrats will sponsor a presidential primary forum and straw poll tomorrow at the university.
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By Paul West and Paul West,sun reporter | August 19, 2007
NASHUA, N.H. -- Joe Biden knows what it would take to break into the top tier of the presidential contest. "If I played Powerball and won $100 million," said the Democratic candidate. "I'm not being facetious. Literally, people would go, `The guy can spend like Romney. He can spend 20, 50 million bucks of his own money. Gotta put him in the top tier.'" Class warfare, or at least class envy, is alive and well in the 2008 campaign. Those at the top command constant media attention. They reap millions in donations and soar in their private jets.
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By THOMAS F. SCHALLER | August 15, 2007
Pity poor John McCain. His dream of becoming the Republican nominee - no less, president of the United States - seems increasingly unlikely each month. The funny thing is, he may still be the Republicans' best candidate. Mr. McCain's declining fortunes are partly of his own making. Looking back to his 2000 bid and comparing it with his present problems, it's clear that the Arizona senator's original sin is bad timing. He ran as a maverick eight years ago, at a time before the modern conservative movement received an overdue bill for three decades of vanities, policy failures, moral hypocrisies and its ideological rightward lurch toward radicalism.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | August 22, 1999
This being an election year, there was not only food, beer and African carvings at the Stone Soul Picnic in Druid Hill Park yesterday, there were also politicians. At the opposite end of the field from the event's stage -- music is the prime draw for the thousands who spend a Saturday in the park every August -- was a tent devoted to candidates' booths. At a table there, employees of WOL-AM, one of the stations under Radio One, which sponsors the picnic, took ballots for a straw poll for Baltimore mayor.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jack W. Germond,Evening Sun Staff | December 16, 1991
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Gov. Bill Clinton's triumph in the Florida straw poll and $1 in cash will buy him a cup of coffee here at Disney World, but that's about all. By the time any serious voting begins in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, this media event will be long forgotten.But Clinton's success -- he captured 54 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Sen. Tom Harkin and 10 for Sen. Bob Kerrey -- does add a little new impetus to the momentum he has been gaining with the political activists who are the only ones paying close attention these days.
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By Michael Finnegan and Michael Finnegan,Los Angeles Times | June 7, 2007
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- An Iowa straw poll that traditionally has served as an early benchmark in the Republican presidential nomination race lost much of its luster yesterday, as first Rudolph W. Giuliani and then John McCain decided not to compete in it. The straw poll, scheduled for Aug. 11, in past campaigns has drawn tens of thousands of Republicans to a state party gathering in Ames, Iowa. But candidates vying to run well have had to spend large sums of money to transport supporters to cast ballots at the gathering.
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By LARRY CARSON | May 20, 2007
Barack Obama narrowly edged out fellow U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards in an unscientific, but interesting, presidential straw poll of some of Howard County's most dedicated Democrats. The poll was done at the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner Thursday night at Clarksville's Ten Oaks Ballroom, with Clinton supporter (and straw voter) Gov. Martin O'Malley the main speaker. The results surprised some of the more than 300 people attending. Obama got 65 votes to Clinton's 61, and former Senator Edwards got 56 votes.
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