Vote & Rank Your Top Candidates: Interesting/Educational Straw Poll


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Interesting/Educational Straw Poll

I know how hard it often is for us to pick the strongest Republican nominee and have been involved in various efforts to reform nomination  rules. One change can be in what we are able to do us as voters, and I believe that preferential voting offers a viable alternative worth exploring. It’s already used in some internal party contests, and preferential voting ballots are being used this year in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina to better ensure overseas and military voters have a vote that counts in both the first and second round of runoffs.


To give you a sense of how preferential voting works, I’ve created Republican Nomination Straw Poll that I’m asking readers to try out over the next few days so I can report on the results next weekend. There’s only one vote allowed per IP address, so while it’s not any official vote, it should be reflective of what this list thinks right now about the Republican field.


What is interesting to watch is how YOUR candidate performs earning folks second choice vote.  That would matter with preferential voting. It simulates an “instant runoff” between the strongest two candidates. In other words, preferential voting will show us who has majority support when you compare the top candidates one-on-one. Recent polls that ask that “one-on-one” question are revealing. For instance, an Iowa caucus poll this month found that Donald Trump led Ted by 29% to 27% in first choices, but Ted defeated him by a 59% to 41% landslide when matched one-on-one; see an analysis of that poll that explains how the poll numbers allow a simulation of a preferential voting contest.


Preferential wouldn’t be about helping any one candidate, of course. It’s about giving voters more power over their vote. When we have more than two candidates, the vote can split. Preferential voting allows us to vote more freely and see just who really is the strongest candidate. So check out the Republican Nomination Straw Poll, vote, and see the results next weekend.


About saulfolks

Saul Anuzis served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 2005-2009 and was a candidate for Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2009 and 2011. His previous political and government service included working with Newt Gingrich at American Solutions, Jack Kemp’s 1988 Presidential campaign, serving as Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus, Chairman of the MI Senate Republican Campaign Committee and serving on the MI House Republican Campaign Committee. In 2009, Anuzis was asked to head up the Transition Team on Technology and led the RNC's first Tech Summit during which over 7,000 activists from around the country participated online, via live video feeds or in person. The RNC created a new standing Committee on Technology and Anuzis was asked to serve as its Chairman by both Chairman Michael Steele and Chairman Reince Priebus. Anuzis was the first non-RNC member to hold such a post. In May of 2010, Anuzis was unanimously elected to be Michigan’s National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee. In 2009 - 2010, he also served as a consultant to the House Policy Committee on New Media & Technology which was chaired by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI). In May of 2015, Anuzis was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Anuzis is co-founder and co-owner of Quick Connect VOIP, which is a broadband and VOIP provider in Michigan. He and his partner founded Coast to Coast Telecommunications and later Quick Connect USA which were Competitive Local Exchange Carrier providing local and long distance service to their customers. Anuzis currently serves as a Managing Partner of Coast to Coast Strategies, LLC, which provides strategic planning, political intelligence, political risk-assessment, consulting and business development services. In 2012, Anuzis was appointed to the NRA Board’s Public Affairs Committee. He served on several non-profit boards as well as a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Michigan Jobs Commission and the Michigan Export Development Authority and a member of the Teamsters Union. Saul Anuzis studied Economics at the University of Michigan in Dearborn. He is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Lithuania. He and with wife of 30 years, Lina - have 4 sons, enjoy skiing, scuba diving, their Harley and sailing. 5/2015
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One Response to Vote & Rank Your Top Candidates: Interesting/Educational Straw Poll

  1. Donna Larschan says:

    Not sure what to do with your straw poll link.

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