Libertarian Bob Smither

Bob Smither takes the Poll into his own hands.It was  the only way to get included in the poll.
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In a new poll this week Democrat frontrunner Nick
Lampson leads Libertarian darkhorse Bob Smither 41% to
25%.  These are the only two names on the ballot,
apparently confusing many would-be Republican voters.

"Undecided", at 23%, shows more than twice the support
of Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, at 11%, in Tom
DeLay's old Sugarland-area district.  Write-in
candidate Sekula-Gibbs' absence from the ballot
apparently explains why she garners so little support
in a strongly Republican district.

This new poll shows the extent to which the
Congressional race in District 22 has been roiled by
the lack of a Republican name on the ballot.  Democrat
Nick Lampson, sitting on a near $3 million war chest,
appears largely uncontested in the conservative
district that supported President Bush in the 2004
election with a 64% vote tally.

Underdog Bob Smither offered this view of the results,
"The voters of District 22 have only one conservative
option on the ballot.  I believe my numbers will surge
once Republican conservatives realize I can win.  They
will agree that I must win, or Lampson could be the
critical vote that makes liberal San Franciscan Nancy
Pelosi the next Speaker of the House.  The fatal flaw
in the Sekula-Gibbs candidacy is that most voters will
never even consider her name as an option since her
name is not on the ballot.  What is it they say, 'Out
of sight, out of mind.'"

Kevin Tunstall, Smither's campaign manager, announced
that their campaign hopes to complete a broader survey
"within the ethical guidelines and scientific
methodologies that are standard to the scholarly
polling profession" in the near future.  However, in
light of the recent release of a Republican poll which
"assumed arguendo" that Sekula-Gibbs' name was on the
ballot and which never even mentioned the name of Bob
Smither, who IS on the ballot, even this unscientific
straw poll provides the district's voters with a more
honest sense of where real support lies at the present

The telephone poll of 100 randomly selected district
residents showed:

Nick Lampson, Democrat:    41%
Bob Smither, Libertarian:  25%
Undecided:                 23%
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Rep. 11%

The methodology of this unscientific survey was as
follows:  Choose names at random from a district
criss-cross telephone directory, and contact a total
of 100 adults.  Only one two part question was asked.
The dialogue was:

"Good afternoon.  We are conducting a poll in the
District 22 Congressional race.  May I ask you a
question about that race?

(If yes)  There are two names on the ballot:  Nick
Lampson, Democrat; Bob Smither, Libertarian.  If the
election were held tomorrow, which of these two
candidates would you vote for, or would you write in
the name of another candidate?  (If they said
write-in, then, "Who?"  No choices were provided.)"

This poll was conducted in the evenings over a three
day period from Monday, September 25, through


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  • 10/3/2006 2:39 PM The Liberty Lounge Political Forums wrote:
    An unscientific poll yes, but more scientific than the ones the Republicans did a few days ago, where they asked who people would vote for, assuming Sekula-Gibbs was on the ballot and there was no men...

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