Archive for April, 2005

Florida Presidential Primary Polls

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

One more post from that Strategic Vision poll. We have some new numbers for the Florida Presidential primary. They broke out the GOP primary between “with Jeb” and “without Jeb”.

FLORIDA PRESIDENT PRIMARIES
Jeb Bush 26%
Rudy Guliani 24%
John McCain 18%
Bill Frist 7%
Newt Gingrich 4%
George Allen 2%
Mitt Romney 1%
Chuck Hagel 1%
Bill Owens 1%
Rick Santorum 1%
George Pataki 1%
Undecided 14%

Rudy Guliani 28%
John McCain 25%
Bill Frist 9%
Newt Gingrich 7%
George Allen 3%
Mitt Romney 2%
George Pataki 2%
Chuck Hagel 1%
Bill Owens 1%
Rick Santorum 1%
Undecided 21%

Hillary 30%
Al Gore 19%
John Kerry 18%
John Edwards 4%
Wesley Clark 4%
Joseph Biden 3%
Bill Richardson 1%
Ed Rendell 1%
Tom Vilsak 1%
Evan Bayh 1%
Barbara Boxer 1%
Undecided 17%

This poll really isn’t worth much this far ahead of time and there is no way all of these candidates are going to be running at the same time.

This poll was done April 20-24 of 1200 registered voters.

UPDATE (8:28pm): Whoops, missed Hillary on the Democratic list.

Mixed Bag In Florida Senate Race

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

More numbers from that Strategic Vision poll, this time for the Senate race. Among Republicans, Katherine Harris continues to hold a double digit lead in the Republican primary.

FLORIDA SENATE GOP PRIMARY
Katherine Harris 35%
Charlie Crist 20%
Tom Gallagher 18%
Toni Jennings 9%
Mark Foley 4%
David Weldon 4%
Daniel Webster 2%
Undecided 8%

Since there is only one Democratic candidate, I will list the head-to-head matchups here.

FLORIDA SENATE
Bill Nelson 48%
Katherine Harris 41%

Bill Nelson 45%
Charlie Crist 46%

Bill Nelson 44%
Tom Gallagher 46%

Bill Nelson 45%
Toni Jennings 40%

Bill Nelson 45%
Mark Foley 40%

Bill Nelson 46%
David Weldon 39%

Bill Nelson 46%
Daniel Webster 35%

No matter how you look at these numbers, as long as the GOP avoids nominating Katherine Harris, they have a decent shot of taking this seat. Personally, I have a feeling the Katherine Harris support will wane once any campaign starts.

This poll was done April 20-24 of 1200 registered voters.

Republicans Strong In Florida Gubernatorial Race

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

Strategic Vision emailed me their latest poll from Florida, which I just got to opening. Lots of numbers. First, some primary numbers in the Gubernatorial race for Democrats and Republicans.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR PRIMARIES
GOP
Charlie Crist 37%
Tom Gallagher 28%
Toni Jennings 14%
Undecided 21%

DEM
Jim Davis 21%
Scott Maddox 15%
Rod Smith 13%
Undecided 51%

They also polled every possible head-to-head matchup between the above candidates. Instead of listing every single one, just know that the Republican candidate has a lead ranging from 9%-19%. Tom Gallagher is the strongest GOP candidate and Toni Jennings is the weakest. Among the Democrats, Scott Maddox is the strongest while Rod Smith is the weakest. Overall though, the difference is minimal.

This poll was done April 20-24 of 1200 registered voters.

Bloomberg Surges In New York

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

What the hell happened to Fernando Ferrer? prior to the latest poll from Marist College, Fernando Ferrer was always the strongest Democratic candidate against Michael Bloomberg. In fact, Ferrer was the only candidate to consistently beat Bloomberg, and in some cases, by double digit margins. Now the latest Marist College poll just came out and now Ferrer is one of the weakest.

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR
Bloomberg 51%
Ferrer 38%

Bloomberg 47%
C. Virginia Fields 41%

Bloomberg 48%
Anthony Weiner 36%

Bllomberg 50%
Gifford Miller 36%

Marist also released a new Democratic primary poll and the same pattern appears here. Ferrer consistently lead this poll all year, but that lead is down to 4%

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR – DEMOCRATS
Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer 34%
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields 30%
Council Speaker Gifford Miller 12%
Congressman Anthony Weiner 11%

The Marist press release for the Democratic primary claims Ferrer made some controversial remarks about the Amadou Diallo shooting. Oops….

This poll was done April 25-26 of 525 registered voters and 327 Democrats.

McCain, Giuliani Beat Hillary

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

At least that is what Scott Rasmussen claims in his latest poll.

2008 PRESIDENT – NATIONAL
Giuliani 42%
Hillary 40%

McCain 45%
Hillary 38%

This poll was done April 25-26 of 1000 breathing people above the age of 18.

Back In Town

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

I hope I don’t offend anyone, but Charleston, West Virginia is one very boring city. The only major tourist attraction of any worth is their State Capitol building and, would you know it, it is under renovations. I only had three nights there, so it wasn’t like I had much time to look around anyway, plus the constant rain made going out at night a pain.

The drive itself from Maryland to Charleston was absoutely miserable on Sunday. During the entire 5-1/2 hour drive, it did not stop raining at all. Oh wait, I take that back. It wasn’t raining in the mountains of Western Maryland…it was snowing. Today’s drive back was a lot nicer, although the Orioles game getting rained out was a bummer. I had hoped to be able to listen to the game on WBAL during my drive home, but instead ending up listening to some guy named Rush Limbaugh. Oh, and whomever stuck the W’-04 stickers all over the Mile Marker 43 on I-79 North in West Virginia…NICE! If wasn’t cruising by at 75 MPH, I would have taken a picture of it….

Now I will have a word with the person who was supposed to leave Open Threads in my absence. I guess he did not take too kindly to my Doug Duncan crack. That, or he forgot the password to login….

Short Break

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

The picture of our cat, Calculus, can only mean one thing, that this site will be on a short break. I will be on a business trip and will return on Wednesday night. In the meantime, you can try once again to beat Calculus in a staring contest. He still has yet to ever lose.

If he can remember and pull himself away from Doug Duncan’s Gubernatorial campaign, my brother has agreed to put up Open Thread’s over the next couple days while I am away. You can treat this post as the first Open Thread.

Michael Steele Joins Presidential Delegation In Rome

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

From The Baltimore Sun.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele will be one of three Americans in the delegation representing President Bush at tomorrow’s investiture of Pope Benedict XVI, the White House announced yesterday.

Steele, a former seminarian, will join the president’s brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Knights of Columbus Chief Executive Officer Carl A. Anderson at the ceremonial Mass in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.
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Steele’s press secretary, Regan Hopper, said the White House invitation came as a surprise and was not something Steele sought. He was expected to leave last night on a 6 p.m. plane and to arrive in Rome today.

Erin Healy, a White House spokeswoman, said Steele was chosen because he is “a devout Catholic and a dedicated member of the church community.”

Steele’s office released a statement calling it “a tremendous honor to represent my country and the State of Maryland at the installation.”

“I thank President Bush for the opportunity to be a part of this historic moment and to be witness to a tradition in the church that dates back to Saint Peter,” Steele said. “I truly believe Pope Benedict XVI will be a Pope of the times, a teaching Pope who will continue in the tradition of Pope John Paul II of reaching people of faith where ever they are.”

In the same news release, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said he was “honored that the Ehrlich-Steele administration will be present to witness history.”

Good way to get Michael Steele some more national exposure. A more cyncial view would be that this is a way to try and nudge Lt. Governor Steele to jump into the Maryland Sneate race….

Roberts Hits Another One

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Okay, this is getting to be a little bit ridiculous. B-Rob has hit yet another homerun, leading off today’s game with a homerun and now has seven off them for the year. His previous career high was five. Maybe they need to start thinking about moving him down in the lineup so he can starting knocking in some runs with all these homeruns.

By the way, the Orioles won today, as well as last night, and now are tentatively in sole possesion of first place, at least until the Red Sox game tonight.

More Kerry Bashing

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Just because Kerry makes it so easy to do. Today’s story comes from The New York Post (via Powerline).

A fuming John Kerry had “daggers in his eyes” after a fellow Democrat promoted Hillary Rodham Clinton for president — suggesting the 2004 loser is green with envy at a potential rival.

The flap was touched off two weeks ago when Clinton spoke at a Minneapolis Democratic dinner and Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) told the cheering crowd that he was introducing “the next great president of the United States.”

Two days later, Kerry came over to Dayton on the Senate floor “with daggers in his eyes and said, ‘What are you doing endorsing my 2008 presidential opponent?’ . . . He was very serious,” Dayton told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

John Kerry truly is delusional to think he even starts anywhere close to on even footing with Hillary Clinton, or even has a chance at all of becoming the Democratic nominee again. Oh, and Polipundit points out is has now been 83 days since our favorite Vietnam Veteran promised to sign his SF-180 form. What is he trying to hide?