Paul Increases Landslide Lead in MSNBC Poll; Over 213,240 Votes Cast; CNN Ignores Paul

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Rick Perry appears to spar with Ron Paul after the debate. Paul told the debate audience Perry supported Hillary's health care plan.
Rick Perry appears to spar with Ron Paul after the debate. Paul told the debate audience Perry supported Hillary's health care plan.

MSNBC trumped the Republican Presidential debate as a Romney versus Perry encounter. Their own online poll continues to contradict the network’s own analysis.

As of 4 p.m. September 9, nearly 215,000 on-line votes have been cast. The leader? It’s Ron Paul with 58% of the votes. Romney has now taken a comfortable lead over Perry polling 14.3% to 12.1% of the votes cast. Bringing up the rear, Michelle Backmann with 1.8% and Rick Santorum with less than 1%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has 5%, John Huntsman has 4% , Herman Cain about 3%.

By the numbers, Paul has gained just over 123,500 votes, Romney about 30,500 votes, and Perry just over 25,750 votes.

A recent respondent on Friday, Sept. 9, stated, “Well , would you look at that. The powers that be at MSNBC messed up and included Ron Paul in a poll. Ron came right back and won by a landslide.”

Another Friday posting advocated that “Regulation got us into many of these problems in the first place. Ron Paul is advocating for letting the free market naturally regulate, as it would if the government could keep its sticky fingers out of everyone’s business. Listen to Ron Paul again and try to understand his message of liberty and freedom. The others are puppets; choose a leader who has viable solution and will actually deliver that which he promises.”

GOP candidates participate next week in a CNN Tea Party sponsored debate. Later in September, they will be part of a Florida straw poll. CNN's Wolf Blitzer has pledged to give all eight candidates a fair chance at participating. He will be asking follow up questions, unlike the MSNBC debate.

At this time, CNN has not included Ron Paul in their Tea Party poll, although he will be taking part in the debate.

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