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SRLC: GOP faithful vote for their favorites in Oklahoma City straw poll
The Oklahoman ^ | May 24, 2015 | Juliana Keeping

Posted on 05/24/2015 4:11:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans speak about who they voted for in the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

Celia Lanham 62, Osage County ranch owner

Voted for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican

“I found his speech to be dynamic. He comes from an immigrant family who understands the American dream.”

Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, 54, grassroots activist from Tulsa

Voted for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican

“He’s going places most in the GOP don’t go — to colleges to reach milennials, into minority communities. If we don’t start reaching out, the party will likely die.”

Nedra Babcock, 78, Tulsa, retired business owner

Voted for Cruz

“He’s on the other end of what the Democrats have offered. ... I think he’s more Reaganist than anyone. He could turn our country around.”

Fred Mendoza, 67, retired entertainment manager from Oklahoma City

Voted for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

“I just felt he was very articulate, very factual and direct, and honest about his relationship with his family. He has the government and business experience.”

Ron Hulshizer, 56, of Edmond

Voted for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

“I like his personal story and I like his positions, that he’s been a very successful governor in Louisiana. ... Morally and ethically he will do the right things.”

Donna Moesel, 62,

and Rodd Moesel, 61,

of Oklahoma City

Each cast a ballot in the straw poll but both say they still are undecided.

“This is the most exciting year for a presidential race we’ve ever seen,” said Rodd Moesel.

“As we’re listening to more and more we see qualities in all of them that could work very well,” said Donna Moesel.


TOPICS: Oklahoma; Campaign News; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: oklahoma

1 posted on 05/24/2015 4:11:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s be plain....

Ted Cruz was unable to appear in person at the event. He, Rubio, and Rand Paul were on the Senate floor in DC in the heat of legislation.

Governor Walker and Dr. Ben both made in person speeches.

Ted came in a respectable 3rd while Rand Paul and Rubio were in near the low end.

2 posted on 05/24/2015 4:16:33 PM PDT by MN_Mike (Governor Sarah Palin for the win! Piper Palin for President 2036 (Biden: Gird YOUR loins))
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To: MN_Mike

Wow. That’s surprising. It is usually the Governor’s who miss these things because of the day to day nature of their jobs while the Senators have much more flexibility to vote or not vote or be in DC on any given day. Good for all. The results were great for all our candidates. I am just glad that we have a healthy bunch this time.

3 posted on 05/24/2015 4:37:48 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Walker for President 2016. The only candidate with actual real RESULTS!!!!! The rest...talkers!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jindal has NOT been a successful governor of LA. The state is hopelessly in debt and likely to remain so.

4 posted on 05/24/2015 5:00:08 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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