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Mock Debate Straw Poll Results (With Apologies)

From: Joe M.
Sent on: Monday, September 10, 2007 9:40 PM
Last Wednesday, September 5, GKCDFA presented its first ever mock presidential debate. The following individuals volunteered to stand in for some of the candidates:
Josh Reed (Barack Obama)
Eric Thut (John Edwards, but without the Sourthern accent)
Vicki Watson-Walker (Hillary Rodam-Clinton, with her own Bill)
Craig Labow (Dennis Kucinich, rhymes with spinach)
Yes. I know I promised to post the results last Thursday. Unfortunately, I've been ill, then I was playing catch up. So here they are, better late than never.
Those who attended the meeting last week were asked to rank the eight Democratic candidates in order of preference both before and after the mock debate. This method allowed us to taly the results in two different ways. First, we used straight balloting. In other words, we counted all of the first place rankings given to each candidate. Second, we used instant runoff counting. In other words, if someone did not vote for one of the top two candidates from the results of straight balloting, we went down their preference list until we found one of the top two candidates. Which of the top two we found first received an additional vote. Here are the results:
Pre-Forum Voting:
Straight balloting:
     Obama: 11
     Kucinich: 8
     Edwards: 5
     Gravel: 3
     Clinton: 2
     Richardson: 1
     Gore: 1 (write-in vote)
Instant Runoff:
     Obama: 17
     Kucinich: 13
Post-Forum Voting:
Straight balloting:
     Edwards: 10
     Obama: 9
     Kucinich: 7
     Gravel: 3
     Clinton: 1
     Richardson: 1
Instant Runoff:
     Edwards: 17
     Obama: 13
Take Care,

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