Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Frontrunner George Allen?

A new poll of 100 GOP Congressional and Political insiders says George Allen is the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in '08. He gets 39 first-place votes and 365 points (each insider presented a ballot with their top 5; 1st getting 5 points, 2nd getting 4, etc). McCain is second with 38 first-place votes and 337 points. Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Bill Frist, Haley Barbour, Condi Rice, George Pataki, Newt Gingrich and Chuck Hagel round out the top 10. By the way, Virginia's own Bob Goodlatte, Tom Davis, Eric Cantor and George Allen were among the 100 polled.

As for the dems, Hilary is first with 76 of the 100 first-place votes and 440 points. Virginia's own Mark Warner is 2nd with 10 first-place votes and 283 points. The rest of their top 10 is John Edwards, Evan Bayh, Tom Vilsack, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, John Kerry, Al Gore, and Wes Clark. Virginia's own Rick Boucher and Jim Moran were among the 100 dem insiders.

I must say I agree with this assessment. Hilary is going to run away with the dem nomination, but Warner would be the nominee if something happens with her. I also believe the GOP nomination battle will be between McCain and Allen. We still have a few years to worry about all that though.


  • At 12/20/2005 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i would agree too. george allen is what the far right portion of the GOP (who essentially controls the GOP) will want. If Gulianni, or McCain are "roved" like McCaine was in SC in 2000, i think it will be interesting to see if one of them (Gulianni) maybe attempts a third party canidadcy? could be interesting...

    One thing about Cowboy Californian George Allen is that he just might be stupid enough to be President one day!

  • At 12/20/2005 4:40 PM, Blogger valley iconoclast said…

    Hillary will not be the Democratic nominee. Too early to tell whether Warner will be the alternative. The national party is pretty stupid.

  • At 12/20/2005 5:31 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Guliani will have a major problem getting the GOP nod due to his pro-choice and pro-gay marriage stances and also his known affairs.
    VI, alot of you dems say Hillary wont get the nod but I cant imagine anyone else being able to compete with her fundraising machine or her name recognition. I think she is a shew-in for the nod unless something very bad comes out about her in the next few years.


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