Who Will Win Florida's Presidency 5 Straw Poll?

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About a month from now, most of the GOP presidential candidates will be in Orlando for the Republican Party of Florida's "Presidency 5" straw poll.

It'll work a little differently than the recent Iowa straw poll -- the 3,500 delegates will be pre-selected, and neither Michele Bachmann nor Mitt Romney will be in attendance.

The poll will be preceded by a debate televised by Fox News, and a candidate can only get a place on the ballot by participating in the debate.

In case you missed the Ames straw poll, Michele Bachmann barely edged out Ron Paul for the win, followed by Tim Pawlenty -- who has since dropped out of the race -- Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain.

Newly announced candidate Rick Perry, as well as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Jon Hunstman, and Thad McCotter each received less than 4 percent of the votes.

In the event that those who say they won't be attending the Florida straw poll change their minds, we'll add them to our poll anyway -- as well as that one lady who everyone's pretty sure is going to announce she's running at some point.

So let's hear from you, dear readers, who will win Florida's "Presidency 5" straw poll?

Cast your vote below:




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Mark Neeley
Mark Neeley

Mark Neeley to Ronshow details 11:10 AM (6 minutes ago)Mr. Mills,You may have seen my posts these past few days. I am not an alarmist, I am not a conspiracy theorist, I am not a member of any political party. I have been registered as an Independent for all of my adult years and I have voted regularly.I am dumbstruck - after tiring of the constant personalization of the news, and of greater import - the loss of clearly defined buckets for news and commentary. The clear division of news and commentary is suggested specifically in the Society of Professional Journalists (voluntary) Code of Ethics.I attempted to bring this point of view to the table, and found myself in a bizarre situation: After posting satire, obnoxious comments, and a bit of repetition, I was told by Journalist Bob Norman that "enough is enough". He proceeded to ban me from his blog and to remove all of my prior comments. Mr. Norman himself wrote to me:"I do commentary and I do investigative work and have never tried to pass off one as the other. If you don’t like my opinion, let me know. If you think my investigation is flawed, point out the flaw. Certainly open to letting you back on the blog but I want you to agree that you won’t repeat comments, badger and harass other commenters, and try to keep it at least somewhat centered on the actual topic at hand. These his proposed rules for my re-entry into any Local10 opportunity to make public comment: I cannot repeat myself, but Mr. Norman can. I cannot badger or harass other commenters, but Mr. Norman can. I cannot wander off topic, but Mr. Norman can.To me, this is censorship of the most dangerous kind. The press being unwilling to publish unedited criticism leaves me with no one left to trust. I was publicly berated by Mr. Norman - the remarks are still posted but mine have been edited out. He said I should not question his right as a journalist.I am not, nor have I ever questioned his "rights". I have merely tried to point out, that as a Professional Journalist in our Society the role is more of a "responsibility". We must all be free to speak out.Today my voice is limited by the power of the press. Below you will see one of several commentaries that were published and then censored by Local10Sincerely,Mark Neeley - CitizenEvery Barn Needs a Bullshit Detector-Channel 10 News Investigative Journalist Bob Norman was recognized at the 2010 Green Eyeshade Awards hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPA). The Green Eyeshade Awards are one of 40 different awards events sponsored annually by the media funded SPA. The 2010 regional Green Eyeshade event presented 200 awards to professional journalists from 11 southern states for stories including: ·       “Our National Parks” by Janet K. Keeler, Scott Keeler, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)·       “Blow Hard” by Gus Garcia-Roberts, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)·       “Tea Party Pretty Boy” by Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)·       “Ballad of a Dirtbag” by Mike Giglio, Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte, NC)·       “Style Over Steak; Flapjack Flip-Off X; Gigi Ingenuity” by Lee Klein, Miami New Times (Miami, FL). Each year thousands of journalists from around the nation participate in dozens of SPA sponsored awards events. In September thousands will converge for several days in New Orleans to wine and dine at the media moguls’ expense and to congratulate themselves on a national level. The event will be largely funded and programmed by heavy hitting publishers like Gannet, Google, Knight, and CNN and held at a swanky downtown location. As soon at that is over, there are 39 more SPA sanctioned awards events before next year’s convention. Norman’s second-place award caps off his sudden departure after 13 years of work for the Fort Lauderdale based New Times. Norman began as a feature writer and then worked as a columnist.  For the past five years he has been a contributor to a local blog. Now, Norman takes his place alongside 82 other second-place awardees. Norman’s staunchest followers are an energetic bunch. One, a fellow known only as “Bubba The Wise” (most of Norman’s fans choose to remain anonymous), wrote to me: “I appreciate your willingness to discuss and argue. I guess that I still think that the reporters are still allowed a little leeway. I don't agree with all that is published, I just like all the responses that result when the bullshit gets on line.” -Mark Neeley - Citizen

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Kathin9 & Steve E,

Who are you voting for?  And why?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

The guy who pronounces America like this......"Merica".

Where have I heard that fucktard-like Texas drawl before?

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Still want to put down "none of the above".

Kathin9
Kathin9

I see the Paulbots are running their fix a poll program as usual.

Steve Emigh
Steve Emigh

I will be voting for Ron Paul, because he is the only one who doesn't represent the status quo. He has a consistent voting record, has never raised taxes, and wants to stop policing the world. I am a military veteran and I support Ron Paul. Watch this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Alexander48192
Alexander48192

Yeah, I'll take being called a Paulbot with pride.  I think for myself, not what the media tells me to think.  I do my research and then form an opinion.  Ron Paul touches my soul and my soul speaks freedom and that is something I cannot deny.

Alexander48192
Alexander48192

yeah, this comment will change my mind.  Geesh.

Justice
Justice

Hey Virgil, you Mother pronounces it the same way when my Tea Bag is in her mouth!

Blanchfield137
Blanchfield137

I am looking for a candidate that has a three decade long consistent message of peace, liberty, sound money, small government, and states rights. If there were only a candidate that will uphold the constitution, end the federal reserve system, bring our troops home, cut government spending, and restore our freedoms I would be a happy man. One can only home.

patrick
patrick

Yea, supporters casting a vote online is a "fix".  You must not belong on the internet or you would know that his internet following is massive.  There is no way to "fix" recieving $2m in donations in one day.  Go watch some TV news to stroke your misconceptions.

Paulbot
Paulbot

Why don't you fix the poll yourself if its that easy....

Florida Outpost4U
Florida Outpost4U

So yes, what you are saying is that you are intelligent and love your country - and that you are voting for Ron Paul.

Visit our facebook page: Florida Outpost4U   we support Ron Paul

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