No-Name Ray McKinney Thrashes No-Name John Cox
Well, the results are in from the Texas Straw Poll and they don't look good for Johnnie Cox. Fred Thompson dominated the event, besting naive son Ron Paul, 266 to 217 votes. Huckabee and Guiliani were a distant third and fourth with 83 and 78 votes, repepectively, followed by Romney with 61.
The rest of the field got the same as Romney combined, split between three no-names, the rapidly fading McCain (8 votes), and Brownback and Trancredo, both getting 6 votes for their tire-spinning campaign efforts.
While Cox is likely to issue a news release BRAGGING about beating these three, he'd better watch out for Ray McKinney of Georgia, who clobbered him 28 to 10 votes. McKinney's speech at the Texas event got rave reviews (at least on the McKinney blog).
Maybe McKinney should start a nasty, hateful campaign of spite against the media for not playing up his great "victory" in Texas against (as he puts it) "Two Senators, a congressman, a lawyer, and a doctor."
Somehow, however, we don't think McKinney would launch such a campaign. It seems like he actually understands that being positive gets results, and that atacking the media wouldn't work in his favor -- unlike Cox.
20.5% Fred Thompson (266 votes)
16.17% Ron Paul (217 votes)
6.4% Mike Huckabee (83 votes)
6% Rudy Giuliani (78 votes)
4.7% Mitt Romney (61 votes)
2.2% Ray McKinney (28 votes)
.77% John Cox (10 votes)
.62% John McCain (8 votes)
.46% Sam Brownback (6 votes)
.46% Tom Tancredo (6 votes)
.23% Hugh Cort (3 votes)