Friday, January 12, 2007

Mitt Romney Won a Straw Poll In SC

Copied from The Hotline.

Florida, Florida, Florida: Ex-Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) today will make the rounds of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Orlando, FL this morning accompanied by ubiquitous Nat'l Rifle Assoc. exec. vice president Wayne LaPierre. Says an NRA official:

"It's not an endorsement and we were approached by Gov. Romney and his folks to see if Wayne and [chief lobbyist] Chris [Cox] would be willing to do this, and we said sure, and it's courtesy we would extend to all the candidates."
SHOT is put together by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. They invited Romney; Romney's team, in turn, learned that the NRA folks would be there, and a photo op was born.

A thousand miles north, in South Carolina, Romney won the first county exec. committee straw poll we've seen. Of the 30 members, 11 voted for Romney, 5 voted for Tom Tancredo, 4 voted for Newt Gingrich, 3 voted for John McCain, 2 voted for Tom Coburn, two for Mike Huckabee, and 1 (each) for Pataki, Giuliani and Duncan Hunter. Aiken Co. has 142,000 residents, making it the 4th largest in the state.

One final Romney item: his team put out an unusual research briefing today attacking Romney critic Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance. (We've attached the full document after the jump.)

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