Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll

The Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll was this weekend in Houston at Minute Maid Park.  There were vendors of all kinds, speeches of ever persuasion, and lots of entertainment, too!  I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how the vote was going to go, but I was hoping and praying that it would go to Ron Paul!

The first day, January 12, 2012, was  mostly registering and getting settled.  There was mixer where you could go around to the booths while listening to music and there was a special guest, Andrew Breitbart from Breitbart TV.  This was the first look at all the goodies that were going to be there.  They had so many awesome shirts!  I could have spent so much money out there!

The second day, January 13, 2012,  started at about 8AM.  Andrew Breitbart gave a keynote address before we started listening to candidate stump speeches for John Culberson and Kevin Brady for U.S. House Rep and Lela Mae Pittenger for U.S. Senate.  These speeches were pretty much all talking points of their positions on the issues, and a little bit of Q&A.  I wanted to ask why they both voted for the NDAA, but didn’t get the chance.  Dick Armey from FreedomWorks was there to speak and KrisAnn Hale, a constitutional attorney and conservative speaker was also speaking that morning.  At about noon, everyone took a lunch break.  Upon returning from lunch, there were more candidate speeches.  The first one up was David Simpson for Texas State House.  He is a great speaker!!  He was very personable and eager to answer questions.  He didn’t seem like your normal politician, all guarded and dodging answers.  I voted for him last election cycle and he definitely has my vote this round, too!  His stance on the issues falls right in line with my libertarian views!!  Next up was Carl Smith, author and founder of the Conservative Messenger.  Then Mike Sullivan from Empower Texans gave a short speech.  Next to talk was Alan Vera from True the Vote.   At about 3PM there was a Verterans Tribute.  There were people from the Texas Wounded Warrior project, The Lone Survivor Foundation, and a local VFW.  This was hosted by U.S. House Rep Ted Poe and Joe Pags of 950 radio.  It was a very nice tribute to our service men and women!  The night ended with a concert from Kevin Black and a VIP cocktail party in the executive boardroom with some of the U.S. Senatorial candidates and live music.

The last day, January 14th, 2012, was the vote day!  The day kicked off at 9AM with Matte Kibbe of FreedomWorks.  After the kickoff, we heard from several U.S. Senatorial candidates including Tom Leppert, Doc Joe Agris, Lt. Gov. David Dewherst, and my personal favorite Glenn Addison.  During this time we also heard from Karen DeSimone, founder of Truth for American Teens.  She talked to the audience which included quite a few teens about the political system, voting, and how to get involved. Then there was a speech from Buddy Pilgrim from Integrity Management.  At this point we broke early for lunch and we decided to skip the next block of speeches and go stand in line to vote.  I cast my vote for Ron Paul for president, Glenn Addison for U.S. Senate, David Simpson for Texas State House, and Bob Hall for Texas Senate.  Once the results were out, I found out that Ron Paul won the Presidential vote!!!!!!!!! Glenn Addison did not get the U.S. Senate vote, it went to Ted Cruz.  David Simpson got 100% of the vote for Texas State House!!!!  No, he wasn’t running unopposed!  How awesome is that?  Then Bob Hall won the vote for Texas State Senate!  I guess I did pretty well picking out my choices!!  I can tell we have a little more work to do for Glenn Addison, though.  Maybe now that people know he is out there, they will research and get to know him a little better.  Hopefully, come the actual primary, he will win!  At this point, we were ready to get going and head home.  I can’t tell you how utterly excited I was that Ron Paul won!!!  I was almost sure all the Establishment people that had put Perry back in office as Governor would have voted for him for President, but THANK GOD that didn’t happen!  I was so excited for Ron Paul that I actually squealed and jumped up and down!!!  This bodes VERY well for the primary here!!!!!!!!  Ok, so now I’m going to put the results for EVERYONE down here so you can see how other candidates did besides mine.

The In Person Vote:

TOTAL VOTES  IN PERSON (Presidential Race) 707

SADDLE UP TEXAS STRAW POLL – FEDERAL CANDIDATES
CIRCLE ONE CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT
Newt Gingrich 23.8%
Rick Perry 19.4%
Ron Paul 27.9%
Mitt Romney 6.6%
Jon Huntsman 1.1%
Rick Santorum 21.2%
Charles “Buddy” Roemer 0.0%
CIRCLE ONE CHOICE FOR SENATE
Glenn Addison 19.9%
Tom Leppert 3.0%
David Dewhurst 10.3%
Curt Cleaver 0.0%
Ted Cruz 47.8%
Charles Holcomb 0.7%
Ben Gambini 0.0%
Lela Pittenger 7.2%
“Doc Joe” Agris 1.2%
Craig James 9.9%
CIRCLE ONE CHOICE FOR CONGRESS FROM ONE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ONLY
DISTRICT 3 Sam Johnson 0.0%
Josh Caesar 0.0%
Harry Pierce 0.0%
DISTRICT 4 Ralph Hall 75.0%
John Cooper 25.0%
Lou Gigliotti 0.0%
DISTRICT 6 Joe Barton 86.7%
Joe Chow 6.7%
Frank Kuchar 6.7%
DISTRICT 8 Kevin Brady 61.3%
Larry Youngblood 38.7%
DISTRICT 10 Michael McCaul 70.6%
Ernie Beltz, Jr. 8.8%
Eddie Traylor 20.6%
DISTRICT 11 Mike Conaway 0.0%
Chris Younts 100.0%
DISTRICT 13 Mac Thornberry 66.7%
Pam Barlow 33.3%
DISTRICT 14 Michael Truncale 8.8%
DISTRICT 14 Tim Day 1.1%
DISTRICT 14 Randy Weber 14.3%
DISTRICT 14 John Gay 1.1%
Bill Sargent 0.0%
George Harper 9.9%
Jay Old 1.1%
Mark Mansius 0.0%
Robert Gonzalez 62.6%
Felicia Harris 1.1%
DISTRICT 15 Jim Kuiken 0.0%
Eddie Zamora 100.0%
Dale A. Brueggemann 0.0%
DISTRICT 22 Pete Olson 48.5%
Barbara Carlson 51.5%
DISTRICT 24 Kenny Marchant 0.0%
Grant Stinchfield 0.0%
DISTRICT 25 Wes Riddle 40.0%
DISTRICT 25 Dianne Costa 0.0%
DISTRICT 25 Michael Williams 60.0%
Dave Garrison 0.0%
Bill Burch 0.0%
Chad Wilbanks 0.0%
Brian Matthews 0.0%
Justin Hewlett 0.0%
DISTRICT 27 Blake Farenthold 83.3%
Don Al Middlebrook 16.7%
DISTRICT 33 Bill Lawrence 0.0%
DISTRICT 33 Chuck Bradley 33.3%
Roger Williams 66.7%
Monte Mitchell 0.0%
DISTRICT 34 Trey Roberts 0.0%
DISTRICT 34 Paul B. Haring 0.0%
DISTRICT 34 Bill Tofte 87.0%
John Grunwald 4.3%
Marc Young 0.0%
Adela Garza 4.3%
Jessica Puente Bradshaw 4.3%
DISTRICT 35 Susan Narvaiz 0.0%
Rob Roark 100.0%
DISTRICT 36 Kim Morrell 0.0%
DISTRICT 36 Lois  Dickson Myers 4.5%
DISTRICT 36 Stephen Takach 2.3%
Jim Engstrand 84.1%
Jerry L. Doyle 0.0%
Mike Jackson 9.1%
Ky D. Griffin 0.0%
SADDLE UP TEXAS STRAW POLL – TEXAS BALLOT
CIRCLE ONE CHOICE FOR TEXAS SENATE FROM ONE DISTRICT ONLY
TX SD #
2 Bob Deuell 33.3%
Bob Hall 66.7%
3 Robert Nichols 48.0%
Tammy Blair 52.0%
5 Charles Schwertner 41.0%
Ben Bius 59.0%
8 Scott O’Grady 50.7%
Ken Paxton 49.3%
9 Rodney Anderson 20.0%
Kelly Hancock 60.0%
9 Toby Goodman 20.0%
11 Daniel McCool 75.5%
11 Dave Norman 11.3%
Larry Taylor 13.2%
25 Jeff Wentworth 6.4%
25 Donna Campbell 34.0%
Elizabeth Ames Jones 59.6%
30 Craig Estes 100.0%
Jim Herblin 0.0%
31 Kel Seliger 66.7%
Randy Rives 33.3%
CIRCLE ONE CHOICE FOR TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM ONE DISTRICT ONLY
TX HD #
3 Jim Pruitt 48.4%
3 Bob Bagley 22.6%
Cecil Bell Jr 16.1%
Scott Turner 12.9%
4 Lance Gooden 66.7%
Stuart Spitzer 33.3%
6 Leo Berman 60.0%
Matt Schaefer 40.0%
7 David Simpson 100.0%
Tommy Merritt 0.0%
8 Byron Cook 50.0%
Bobby Vickery 50.0%
9 Wayne Christian 100.0%
Chris Paddie 0.0%
10 Jim Pitts 0.0%
10 TJ Fabby 100.0%
Linda Bounds 0.0%
Matthew Melton 0.0%
11 Chuck Hopson 66.7%
11 Tony Sevilla 33.3%
Travis Clardy 0.0%
12 Marva Beck 50.0%
12 Josh Tetens 0.0%
Trent  Ashby 50.0%
15 Rob Eissler 33.3%
Steve Toth 66.7%
18 John Otto 73.8%
Dwayne Stovall 26.3%
19 James White 25.0%
Mike Hamilton 75.0%
21 Allan Ritter 46.2%
Daniel Miller 53.8%
23 Wm. O. (Bill) Wallace 6.3%
23 Wayne Faircloth 31.3%
Rachel Delgado 62.5%
24 Greg Bonnen 5.9%
Heidi Theiss 94.1%
26 Jacquie Chaumette 55.9%
26 Diana Miller 2.9%
Sonal Bhuchar 0.0%
Rick Miller 41.2%
29 Ed Thompson 9.7%
29 Eric Johnson 6.5%
Debra Rosenthal-Ritter 83.9%
47 Paul Workman 100.0%
Ryan Downton 0.0%
53 Harvey Hilderbran 0.0%
Cary Wise 0.0%
55 Ralph Sheffield 66.7%
John Alaniz 33.3%
57 Chris Scotti 50.0%
57 Kyle J. Kacal 0.0%
Timothy Delasandro 50.0%
59 Sid Miller 0.0%
59 J.D. Sheffield 0.0%
Mike Jones 0.0%
60 Jim Keffer 0.0%
Richard Ashton 0.0%
64 Myra Crownover 0.0%
Mike Brucia 0.0%
65 Larry Jones 0.0%
Mike Hennefer 0.0%
65 Ron Simmons 0.0%
67 Jeff Leach 0.0%
67 John Pitchford 0.0%
Roger Burns 0.0%
Jon Cole 0.0%
68 Drew Springer 0.0%
68 Paul Braswell 0.0%
68 David Isbell 0.0%
Fred Skeen 0.0%
Trent McKnight 0.0%
73 Doug Miller 0.0%
Rob Smith 0.0%
74 Thomas Kinkaid 100.0%
Dora Alcalá 0.0%
83 Charles Perry 0.0%
Delwin Jones 0.0%
85 Jim Landroop 0.0%
85 Lee Dugan 33.3%
85 Mac Smith 0.0%
Ken King 0.0%
Phil Stephenson 66.7%
Gary Walker 0.0%
88 Amber Fulton 0.0%
Pat Fallon 0.0%
91 Barbara Nash 0.0%
91 Ken Sapp 0.0%
91 Charles Scoma 0.0%
Lady Theresa Thombs 0.0%
Patricia  Pat Carlson 0.0%
92 Todd Smith 0.0%
Jonathan Stickland 100.0%
96 Bill Zedler 0.0%
Mike Leyman 0.0%
97 Susan Todd 50.0%
Craig Goldman 50.0%
98 Vicki Truitt 50.0%
Giovanni Capriglionne 50.0%
101 Dick Elkins 0.0%
Stephanie Klick 0.0%
114 Kenneth Sheets 0.0%
114 Jason Villalba 0.0%
David Boone 0.0%
Bill Keffer 0.0%
115 Steve Nguyen 0.0%
115 Matt Rinaldi 0.0%
115 Andy Olivo 0.0%
Bennett Ratliff 0.0%
Kevin Dunn 0.0%
121 Joe Straus 0.0%
Matt Beebe 100.0%
125 James Lewey 0.0%
Alma Perez Jackson 100.0%
127 Dan Huberty 76.7%
Bobby Jordan 23.3%
129 John Davis 31.7%
Mary Huls 68.3%
132 Bill Callegari 66.7%
Randy Brown 33.3%
133 Jim Murphy 100.0%
Grant Johnston 0.0%
136 Mike Schofield 25.0%
136 Mano Deayala 0.0%
Ann Witt 37.5%
Pam Holm 37.5%
150 Debbie Riddle 78.6%
James Wilson 21.4%

The Text Vote:

TOTAL VOTES CAST (Presidential Race)  3321

SADDLE UP TEXAS STRAW POLL – FEDERAL CANDIDATES
CIRCLE ONE CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT
Newt Gingrich 11.9%
Rick Perry 13.3%
Ron Paul 54.4%
Mitt Romney 4.2%
Jon Huntsman 0.5%
Rick Santorum 15.6%
Charles “Buddy” Roemer 0.0%
CIRCLE ONE CHOICE FOR SENATE
Glenn Addison 12.0%
Tom Leppert 9.1%
David Dewhurst 7.1%
Curt Cleaver 0.0%
Ted Cruz 49.1%
Charles Holcomb 0.3%
Ben Gambini 0.0%
Lela Pittenger 9.1%
“Doc Joe” Agris 0.3%
Craig James 12.9%
CIRCLE ONE CHOICE FOR CONGRESS FROM ONE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ONLY
DISTRICT 3 Sam Johnson 0.0%
Josh Caesar 75.0%
Harry Pierce 25.0%
DISTRICT 4 Ralph Hall 79.5%
John Cooper 6.8%
Lou Gigliotti 13.6%
DISTRICT 6 Joe Barton 26.3%
Joe Chow 51.3%
Frank Kuchar 22.4%
DISTRICT 8 Kevin Brady 26.7%
Larry Youngblood 73.3%
DISTRICT 10 Michael McCaul 15.9%
Ernie Beltz, Jr. 37.7%
Eddie Traylor 46.4%
DISTRICT 11 Mike Conaway 25.0%
Chris Younts 75.0%
DISTRICT 13 Mac Thornberry 52.6%
Pam Barlow 47.4%
DISTRICT 14 Michael Truncale 24.7%
DISTRICT 14 Tim Day 0.0%
DISTRICT 14 Randy Weber 32.0%
DISTRICT 14 John Gay 1.0%
Bill Sargent 0.7%
George Harper 0.7%
Jay Old 0.3%
Mark Mansius 0.0%
Robert Gonzalez 39.3%
Felicia Harris 1.3%
DISTRICT 15 Jim Kuiken 0.0%
Eddie Zamora 85.7%
Dale A. Brueggemann 14.3%
DISTRICT 22 Pete Olson 74.5%
Barbara Carlson 25.5%
DISTRICT 24 Kenny Marchant 33.9%
Grant Stinchfield 66.1%
DISTRICT 25 Wes Riddle 12.2%
DISTRICT 25 Dianne Costa 4.3%
DISTRICT 25 Michael Williams 29.6%
Dave Garrison 4.3% .
Bill Burch 1.7%
Chad Wilbanks 1.7%
Brian Matthews 46.1%
Justin Hewlett 0.0%
DISTRICT 27 Blake Farenthold 37.5%
Don Al Middlebrook 62.5%
DISTRICT 33 Bill Lawrence 0.0%
DISTRICT 33 Chuck Bradley 0.0%
Roger Williams 100.0%
Monte Mitchell 0.0%
DISTRICT 34 Trey Roberts 0.0%
DISTRICT 34 Paul B. Haring 4.3%
DISTRICT 34 Bill Tofte 47.1%
John Grunwald 0.0%
Marc Young 0.0%
Adela Garza 21.4%
Jessica Puente Bradshaw 27.1%
DISTRICT 35 Susan Narvaiz 50.0%
Rob Roark 50.0%
DISTRICT 36 Kim Morrell 0.9%
DISTRICT 36 Lois  Dickson Myers 0.0%
DISTRICT 36 Stephen Takach 4.3%
Jim Engstrand 44.3%
Jerry L. Doyle 0.9%
Mike Jackson 49.6%
Ky D. Griffin 0.0%
SADDLE UP TEXAS STRAW POLL – TEXAS BALLOT
TEXAS SENATE
TX SD #
2 Bob Deuell 40.0%
Bob Hall 60.0%
3 Robert Nichols 36.4%
Tammy Blair 63.6%
5 Charles Schwertner 41.2%
Ben Bius 58.8%
8 Scott O’Grady 29.4%
Ken Paxton 70.6%
9 Rodney Anderson 41.2%
Kelly Hancock 52.9%
9 Toby Goodman 5.9%
11 Daniel McCool 63.3%
11 Dave Norman 12.4%
Larry Taylor 24.3%
25 Jeff Wentworth 7.6%
25 Donna Campbell 84.8%
Elizabeth Ames Jones 7.6%
30 Craig Estes 34.2%
Jim Herblin 65.8%
31 Kel Seliger 26.7%
Randy Rives 73.3%
TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TX HD #
3 Jim Pruitt 31.3%
3 Bob Bagley 2.0%
Cecil Bell Jr 20.2%
Scott Turner 46.5%
4 Lance Gooden 7.4%
Stuart Spitzer 92.6%
6 Leo Berman 0.0%
Matt Schaefer 0.0%
7 David Simpson 99.0%
Tommy Merritt 1.0%
8 Byron Cook 5.9%
Bobby Vickery 94.1%
9 Wayne Christian 77.3%
Chris Paddie 22.7%
10 Jim Pitts 2.6%
10 TJ Fabby 89.7%
Linda Bounds 7.7%
Matthew Melton 0.0%
11 Chuck Hopson 0.0%
11 Tony Sevilla 25.0%
Travis Clardy 75.0%
12 Marva Beck 3.6%
12 Josh Tetens 92.9%
Trent  Ashby 3.6%
15 Rob Eissler 1.2%
Steve Toth 98.8%
18 John Otto 100.0%
Dwayne Stovall 0.0%
19 James White 100.0%
Mike Hamilton 0.0%
21 Allan Ritter 0.0%
Daniel Miller 100.0%
23 Wm. O. (Bill) Wallace 6.5%
23 Wayne Faircloth 6.5%
Rachel Delgado 87.1%
24 Greg Bonnen 6.9%
Heidi Theiss 93.1%
26 Jacquie Chaumette 30.8%
26 Diana Miller 0.5%
Sonal Bhuchar 53.2%
Rick Miller 15.5%
29 Ed Thompson 40.0%
29 Eric Johnson 0.0%
Debra Rosenthal-Ritter 60.0%
47 Paul Workman 25.0%
Ryan Downton 75.0%
53 Harvey Hilderbran 0.0%
Cary Wise 100.0%
55 Ralph Sheffield 50.0%
John Alaniz 50.0%
57 Chris Scotti 0.0%
57 Kyle J. Kacal 100.0%
Timothy Delasandro 0.0%
59 Sid Miller 66.7%
59 J.D. Sheffield 0.0%
Mike Jones 33.3%
60 Jim Keffer 50.0%
Richard Ashton 50.0%
64 Myra Crownover 36.4%
Mike Brucia 63.6%
65 Larry Jones 6.3%
Mike Hennefer 31.3%
65 Ron Simmons 62.5%
67 Jeff Leach 59.2%
67 John Pitchford 0.0%
Roger Burns 21.5%
Jon Cole 19.4%
68 Drew Springer 100.0%
68 Paul Braswell 0.0%
68 David Isbell 0.0%
Fred Skeen 0.0%
Trent McKnight 0.0%
73 Doug Miller 0.0%
Rob Smith 100.0%
74 Thomas Kinkaid 0.0%
Dora Alcalá 100.0%
83 Charles Perry 75.0%
Delwin Jones 25.0%
85 Jim Landroop 55.9%
85 Lee Dugan 17.3%
85 Mac Smith 0.0%
Ken King 5.5%
Phil Stephenson 21.3%
Gary Walker 0.0%
88 Amber Fulton 32.7%
Pat Fallon 67.3%
91 Barbara Nash 0.0%
91 Ken Sapp 0.0%
91 Charles Scoma 0.0%
Lady Theresa Thombs 0.0%
Patricia  Pat Carlson 100.0%
92 Todd Smith 0.0%
Jonathan Stickland 100.0%
96 Bill Zedler 75.0%
Mike Leyman 25.0%
97 Susan Todd 66.7%
Craig Goldman 33.3%
98 Vicki Truitt 4.4%
Giovanni Capriglionne 95.6%
101 Dick Elkins 0.0%
Stephanie Klick 100.0%
114 Kenneth Sheets 36.4%
114 Jason Villalba 18.2%
David Boone 0.0%
Bill Keffer 45.5%
115 Steve Nguyen 1.1%
115 Matt Rinaldi 17.6%
115 Andy Olivo 1.1%
Bennett Ratliff 79.1%
Kevin Dunn 1.1%
121 Joe Straus 61.4%
Matt Beebe 38.6%
125 James Lewey 0.0%
Alma Perez Jackson 100.0%
127 Dan Huberty 95.6%
Bobby Jordan 4.4%
129 John Davis 42.1%
Mary Huls 57.9%
132 Bill Callegari 29.6%
Randy Brown 70.4%
133 Jim Murphy 100.0%
Grant Johnston 0.0%
136 Mike Schofield 15.5%
136 Mano Deayala 82.4%
Ann Witt 0.5%
Pam Holm 1.6%
150 Debbie Riddle 80.6%
James Wilson 19.4%
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