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Simon Wins GOP Vote

Monday, 11 February 2002 12:00 AM

Despite three major candidates in the race, Simon was the clear choice of the delegates, winning 40 percent to 32 percent for Jones in second place. Trailing behind at 28 percent was Dick Riordan, whose liberal political views are at odds with rank and file Republicans. Over 900 Republicans voted, making participation at the Convention straw poll one of the highest in history.

"I am extremely honored to be the candidate backed by Republican Party members," declared Simon. "My conservative ideas to renew the California Dream are exactly what we need to repair the damage done from Gray Davis' failed administration.

"This vote of California Republicans reaffirms the support I've received across the country from Republican leaders like Rudy Giuliani, Jack Kemp and William F. Buckley Jr.," Simon added.

Sal Russo, chief Simon strategist, said "This tremendous outpouring of support from the rank and file of the Republican Party reminds me of the same excitement that we generated when Ronald Reagan first ran for Governor. They both speak with clarity to the concerns of Californians and stick to conservative principles that resonate throughout the state."

Joel Strom, statewide volunteer chairman for Simon and former Bush statewide chairman said, "Just like the Iowa straw poll gave President Bush the momentum to win the presidency, I believe this straw poll victory today will give Bill Simon the momentum to win the governorship."

The results of the straw poll were made public only after an attempt by the Dick Riordan campaign to thwart release of the vote. Realizing that their candidate would lose badly, the Riordan campaign had tried to cancel the straw poll or at least delay release of the results until a day after the convention had ended. With Republican delegates poised to force the release of the straw poll results, Riordan's campaign political gamesmanship was put to rest.

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