Ron Paul Gaining Momentum? Georgia Straw Poll Suggests So…
Some interesting developments on the campaign trail indeed: in the Georgia GOP straw poll of Presidential hopfefuls, some media-annointed heavyweights fared very poorly, while the candidate the media loves to ignore, Ron Paul, again finished within a percentage point of winning the poll, narrowly losing to straw poll winner Herman Cain, who captured 26% of votes against 25.7% for Dr Paul (see our article, “Is Ron Paul Getting a Fair Shake From the Media? Watching the Watchers…” for our analysis of media coverage granted Mr Paul relative to the other candidates and also relative to his showing in the Iowa straw poll). Notably, Herman Cain is a native of Georgia, giving him the home town advantage (Mr Cain received 8% of the vote in the Iowa straw poll, against 27% for Ron Paul).
Candidate Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, who is widely considered to be the eventual GOP Presidential candidate (even among Obama’s staff), finished with just 6% of the straw poll votes. Michele Bachmann, whom Fox News described as having “cemented her top-tier position” after the Iowa straw poll, finished with just 3%. Rick Perry, the former Texas Governor who officially announced his candidacy the day of the Iowa straw poll, finished 5.7 percentage points (or over 22%) behind Dr Paul.
It will be interesting to see the reaction from media outlets to Ron Paul’s latest strong showing (notably, he also polls neck-and-neck with Obama). We’ll be tracking media coverage of this result as part of our ongoing series monitoring the even-handedness of US political coverage.