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Saturday, October 29, 2011

NFRA Endorses Santorium in 2011 Preferential Convention

Bill Smith, Editor: At the National Federation of Republican Assemblies today, physical attendance by national presidential contenders made a difference. While some candiates sent videos and one candiadate sent his wife, two presidential contenters, Ron Paul and Rick Santorium actually attended. As a result, in the Iowa Straw Poll Ron Paul won the poll with 82.1% and Herman Cain Received 14.7%. The remaining candidates, including Rick Santorium received 1% or less. For non-Iowans who voted in the straw poll, Ron Paul and Herman Cain were statistically tied 37% each with Santorium and Perry taking the remining 26% of the non-Iowan Straw Poll votes.

Then during the afternoon NFRA Preferential Convention the attendance by Rick Santorium resulted in his winning the endorsement of the NFRA. Below is a detailed story by Drew Zahn of World Net Daily who took time to attend the the NFRA Convention events including the NFRA Preferential Endorsing Convention. Note the results of the NFRA Convention are not biding on the various state Republican Assemlies. Also, Mr. Zahn expressed aprpeciation if the ARRA News Service to run his WND reports.

By Drew Zahn: DES MOINES, Iowa – Delegates from a nationwide group of conservative Republicans determined to "take back" the GOP met today, defied an open-invitation straw poll taken earlier and endorsed former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania for president of the United States.

Their endorsement further defies many national polls, which have Santorum registering in single digits.

The National Federation of Republican Assemblies, or NFRA, held today's Presidential Preference Convention to advise "Reagan conservatives who believe in small government, lower taxes, free market capitalism, a strong defense, the right to life and a decent America" in the upcoming primaries.

"We endorse candidates in contested primaries, so rank-and-file Republicans can know who the true conservative candidates really are," the NFRA website explains. "We shuck the corn with highly competitive grassroots endorsing conventions at which candidates must secure two-thirds of our delegates' support to win. And when we're done, there's no question who is who."

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After endorsing Santorum for president, the convention voted again to endorse Herman Cain for vice president.

The final endorsement of Santorum actually came in opposition to a straw
poll the NFRA held earlier, in which Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, won a
resounding victory.

The NFRA runs the straw poll as a fundraiser, requiring attendees to pay for the opportunity to vote. In the straw poll, Paul received over 82 percent of Iowans' votes, or 353 ballots. Herman Cain came in second with 14.7 percent of the vote, a total of 63 ballots. No other candidate received more than 10 votes.

Among voters from outside the state, Paul also prevailed, with 26 votes, to Cain's 25, Rick Perry's 16, Rick Santorum's 16, Newt Gingrich's 11, Michele Bachmann's 6 and Mitt Romney's 1.

In the endorsement convention that followed, however, only those delegates chosen by NFRA chapters from their respective states were allowed to vote in a multiple-ballot process designed to reach a two-thirds threshold for formal endorsement.

A total of 109 delegates from across the nation were eligible to vote, and 98 met today in Des Moines.

In the first ballot, Santorum, Cain and Perry were the top vote-getters.

After six ballots, however, the NFRA selected Santorum as their endorsement.

Mark Bergeron, a delegate from Massachusetts, was among those who supported Santorum on the first ballot: "Rick Santorum represents our values in right to life, fiscal conservativism, support for small business, and he understands the existential threat of radical Islam," Bergeron said.

Pat Wilcox, a delegate from Missouri argued, "We all say we believe in this solid social platform of family and marriage, and we have a man who has stood for these things over and over."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that is kind of a strange endorsement considering Ron Paul won with 82% to Santorums 1%.

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Ron Paul has won two separate tallies for the National Federation of Republican Assemblies Presidential Straw Poll.

Paul won both the Iowa-voters-only count at the Saturday convention in Des Moines as well as a tally of non-Iowans who participated.

In the Iowa voters result, Paul took 82%. Following him were Herman Cain with 14.7%, Rick Santorum with 1%, Newt Gingrich with 0.9%, Michele Bachmann with 0.5%, Rick Perry with 0.5%, Gary Johnson with 0.2%, with Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman 0%.

The total number of votes cast in that tally was 430.

In the tally of non-Iowans who voted, Paul won 26% followed by Cain at 25%, Perry and Santorum tied at 16%, Gingrich at 11%, Bachmann at 6%, Romney at 1%, and Huntsman and Johnson with 0%.

The total number of votes cast in that count was 101.

Though Paul won both tallies, the NFRA has not yet officially endorsed a candidate. Delegates to the convention will decide that later Saturday.



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