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PV mayor walks away with big win in Cap Times online poll (access required)

Even I was surprised by the results of our online poll. I expected Dean Martin to rank highly, as well as Jan Brewer. But I had no idea Vernon Parker would top the results. On Sept. 9 we asked readers to vote for the person they would most want to see as the Republican nominee for governor in ...


  1. Matt — you wrote: “though the methodology was not scientific,…there was nothing stopping any of the candidates to solicit votes from friends” and “perhaps Parker wanted to generate some buzz and talked up our poll to his camp”. Last I checked no Governor has been elected with fewer than half a million votes since Symington in the 1991 runoff. Dean Martin alone attracted over 800,000 votes when he ran statewide last time in 2006. In short, Parker will need a lot more than 298 repetitive votes in the middle of the night from friends encouraged by a political consultant and an endorsement from a sheriff to make it to the Governor’s chair.

  2. The difference between the two versions above is “Ya think?”. Given that a national poll from yesterday says that the majority of Americans believe political discourse lacks civility and we are all influenced by polls from the scientific, the “push” to the unscientific above, I felt I should properly and publicly admit my lapse of judgement and make a full apology to the 298 Vernon Parker supporters and to Matt for my utter and complete lack of civility.

  3. I was not impressed by any assumptions made on so few votes, but it is true that statisticians are using much smaller samples to make claims about American thinking. I must admit that Tim’s entries were clever. However, the media in Arizona is completely deficient in covering any issue or political story with any gravity. How can anyone know who some of these personalities really are unless one reads the scant coverage provided here in the Times.

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