I’m sure we’ve all seen the blitz about Ron Paul winning this straw poll or that straw poll. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post elaborates on what I’ve been saying for weeks (here and here, for example), noting the irrelevance of straw polls to actual electoral dynamics and why Paul has so much success winning them. Mr Cillizza also notes that Paul ultimately finished behind John McCain in Iowa, even though the Senator never really campaigned there, and behind Tom Tancredo in the Ames Straw Poll. Essentially, when it matters, Paul underperforms.
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