Contact: Chris Farris
(ATLANTA) May 8, 2007– The Georgia Federation of Young Republican Clubs (GFYRC) and the Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia (RLC-GA) announce both groups will co-sponsor a GOP Presidential Preference Straw Poll at the Georgia Republican Party State Convention, May 18-19 in Gwinnett County. With 10 candidates announced or expected to announce, candidates, activists and pundits all want to know what is on the mind of Georgia’s most dedicated Republicans.
“With such a wide field of candidates, we are curious to see who has the most support among the attendees of the Republican Convention, who should be some of the best informed voters,” said GFYRC Communications Director Stephanie Milner.
“With several states, including Georgia, moving their presidential preference primaries to early February the nominees will no longer be decided by the media and the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire. As one of the few states where the GOP gained ground in 2006, Georgia is going to play an important roll in determining who is the next President of the United States,” added RLC-GA Chairman Chris Farris.
The Georgia Republican Party will not be conducting a straw poll and no other organization has announced their intention to host one. The candidates to be included in the poll are: Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Fred Thompson of Tennessee and Sam Brownback of Kansas, Reps. Duncan Hunter of California, Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Ron Paul of Texas, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of Georgia, former governors Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Jim Gilmore of Virginia and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
GOP Delegates, Alternates and Guests will be able to get a ballot at the GFYRC or RLC tables. Proper measures will be taken to avoid duplicate voting. Balloting will begin Friday morning and end at noon on Saturday.
ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN LIBERTY CAUCUS OF GEORGIA – Founded in 1990 the Republican Liberty Caucus works to advance the principles of limited government, free markets and individual liberty within the Republican Party. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia endorsed 29 pro-liberty Republicans in 2006, 25 of which now serve in office.
ABOUT THE GEORGIA FEDERATION OF YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUBS – The GFYRC is an officially recognized allied organization of the Georgia Republican Party. Made up of 11 federated chapters across Georgia, the GFYRC seeks to increase party participation by individuals aged 18-40 inclusively.