Ron Paul “Obliterates Field” In National Presidential Caucus
December 12, 2007
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2007
Congressman Ron Paul has been declared the emphatic winner of the first ever National Presidential Caucus, a collation of results from Democrat, Republican and “open” caucus groups that were organised independently online and caucused face-to-face across the nation on December 7th.
Results were tallied from 19 independently formed caucus groups (Republican, Democrat, and open) that met on Friday, December 7th, 2007 in the following locations:
Dallas, TX (2D); Sarcoxie, MO (O); Boise, ID (R); Needham, MA (D); Carthage, MO (O); Manhattan, KS (D & R); Pineville, MO (O); Richmond, MO (O); Costa Mesa, CA (O); Springfield MO (R); Winston-Salem, NC (O); Overland Park, KS (R); New York City, NY (O); and Joplin, MO (R), Warrensburg, MO (R), Roselle Park, NK (D), and Philadelphia, PA (O).
While some groups were small informal gatherings, others attracted hundreds of people including some party officials and campaign staff. Before voting was undertaken, discussions were held on several key issues with deliberation on the stance of individual candidates factored in.
The NPC’s official press release announced the results:
Barack Obama wins over Democrat voters generating 40% of Democrat Caucus voter preferences. Obama was followed by a three-way tie for second, with John Edwards, Bill Richardson and “Undecided” each generating 20% of Democratic Caucus preferences.
On the Republican side, Ron Paul obliterated the field for the GOP generating the preference of 50% of GOP Caucuses. Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson follow, generating 33.3% and 16.6% of Republican Caucus preferences, respectively.
Among votes in Open Caucuses, Ron Paul wins with 62.5% of Open Caucus votes, followed by Barack Obama (18.75%), Fred Thompson (12.5%), and Hilary Clinton (6.25%).
The National Presidential Caucus describes itself as “the product of a consortium of partisan, bi-partisan and non-partisan interests who seek to demonstrate how local, self-organized, web-enabled face-to-face gatherings is the new basis for participatory democracy”.
Supporting organisations include Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy, popular political website Politics Online and the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. The group has received endorsements from former US Senators, university professors and chairs of independent political organisations.
The group has also received mainstream attention from outlets such as CBS, the Washington Post and the New York Times.
The results once again show that Ron Paul has widespread support all over the country as he continues to dispel the mainstream media perpetuated myth that he is a second tier candidate.
Meanwhile with 4 days still to go before the Ron Paul Boston Tea Party fundraising event this Sunday, the Congressman’s coffers have soared to a total of $11.3 million for the quarter at time of writing. This means that Paul’s campaign could hit its target of $12 million before Sunday’s event, which has so far seen almost 30,000 people pledge to donate at least $100.
Given that last time 17,500 pledges equated to 4.3 million, 33,000 pledges could equate to just under double that amount, meaning an unprecedented record breaking $8 million super haul is definitely on the cards. At the very least Paul looks certain to break his own record of 4.3 million raised in one day on November 5th.
Ron Paul’s campaign is also urging supporters to take a christmas vacation in Iowa to help the Congressman place high in the caucus on Jan. 3rd. Ron Paul’s Schedule and voter registration information can be viewed here.