Mike Parry polling behind "Neither" two weeks before 1st District GOP primary

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Parry trails "Neither" in the 1st District GOP preposterous statement contest primary.
-- Allen Quist under renewed fire for 'men are genetically predisposed to lead family' remark
-- Arne Carlson on GOP U.S. House candidate Allen Quist: He's "really bizarre"

-- Mike Parry, U.S. House candidate, suggests he'd keep troops deployed until economy improves
-- Mike Parry's tweet scrubbed on "arrogant black man" Obama

His opponent, Allen Quist, has recently been under fire for not telling the truth about a 1994 interview where he said men are genetically predisposed to dominate over women, and for telling inconsistent stories about the time he entered a Mankato adult bookstore and proceeded to "research" the store's glory holes and semen-stained floors.

So one would think state Sen. Mike Parry might be a little more popular than he apparently is with Mankato Free Press readers.

Last Friday, the Free Press posted an unscientific poll asking readers, "Which candidate do you favor to face Tim Walz for Minnesota's 1st District Congressional seat?"

Here's some good news for Quist -- 51 percent of the 284 people who participated in the poll as of yesterday evening want to see Walz face the man ex-foe Arne Carlson recently described as "really bizarre." Running in second, with 28 percent of the vote, is Neither.

In third place, behind Neither, is Parry, favored by 20 percent of the poll's respondents.

So it appears Free Press readers would rather see the 1st District adopt a one-party rubber-stamp system than allow the winner of the August 14 primary square off against Walz.

Here's the complete poll results:

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Now, if Parry and this Neither guy could just combine forces, then we'd have a real race...

-- Hat-tip to Bluestem Prairie --

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This passage, "So it appears Free Press readers would rather see the 1st District adopt a one-party rubber-stamp system than allow the winner of the August 14 primary square off against Walz" sounds like you've been in communication with Parry manager Ben Golnik rather than reading the poll results.


At the time this was drafted, 72 percent of respondents in the unscientific poll favored either Quist  or Parry.  That Parry is less popular than "Neither" doesn't suggest that readers want a one=party system. Rather, it suggests that  80 percent of the readers don't find Parry to be an attractive candidate.


There are other strong Republican leaders in the First, such as State Senator Julie Rosen.Many observer speculate privately (myself included) that she would give Walz a run for both their money. Unfortunately, many in the district's uber-conservative Republican base aren't much fond of  her.  I'm not a fan of the Vikings Stadium deal, but her role in scoring that victory nonetheless signals some fearsome political skills.


Purity, rather than the practical, motivates the base, and thus the CD1 Republicans pick candidates like the hapless Brian Davis in 2008, or are left to pick between schlubbs like Quist and Parry.

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GOP voters are really responding to Allen Quist's ability to get to the bottom of what gay men are doing at local glory holes.  His promise to join forces with Marcus Bachmann and conduct an investigation really connected with Republican voters who know the biggest issue in our society today is anonymous blowjobs.  


Mike Parry will have to double down on his overt racism if he wants a chance.  He has already called Obama uppity but I'm afraid he will have to start using more racial slurs to connect with the GOP base.




Since you drafted this, more readers have voted, firming up Parry's 3rd place showing,


Poll as of 7:59 7/31/2012: Allen Quist  52.45%  (171 votes)     Mike Parry  19.63%  (64 votes)     Neither  27.3%  (89 votes)     Other:  0.61%  (2 votes)       Total Votes: 326.





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