The Honorable Russell Pearce elected by wide margin in state-wide race!
Arizona’s Republican elected state committeemen — assembled from all of the state’s fifteen counties — met today to elect their State GOP officers for the next two years. The results of the election and the vote totals are:
First Vice-Chair: Russell Pearce (668), Diane Ortiz-Parsons (441)
Second Vice-Chair: Parralee Schneider (644), Stephen Viramontes (463)
Third Vice-Chair: Chad Palmer (550), John Duane Rhodes (547)
Assistant Treasurer: Andrew Stevens (730), John Stevens (275)
The following candidates were unopposed and were elected by acclamation:
Assistant Secretary: Deborrah Miller
Sergeant-At-Arms: Alberto Gutier
Assistant Sergeant-At-Arms: Chris Campbell
Congratulations are in order to all of the new officers!
These are the results of the AZ GOP Unofficial Straw poll:
Newt Gingrich: 20 votes
Ron Paul: 256 votes
Rick Santorum: 8 votes
Mitt Romney: 17 votes
To view these numbers in perspective, balance them against the fact that the ballots were sold as a party fundraiser at $10 apiece. The poll is called “unofficial” for a reason.
Ron Paul enthusiasts are all about appearances. Today they were out in force, although many of them are not state committeemen and were unable to vote in the election of party officers. That did not preclude them from purchasing ballots, which no doubt made the AZ GOP very happy.