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Presidential Straw Poll 2008 – Week 4

The fourth week of the PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL has officially begun. Over 42,000 votes were cast in the first three weeks. You can now vote in the third week in both parties: Click to open the voting booth at top of center column of PJM's front page. You can vote weekly for candidates in both parties --we encourage you to vote in both. IMPORTANT ALERT: The perspicacious PJM tech staff has detected significant spamming in the third week of the poll and isolated the cheaters. In some cases they voted hundreds of times from the same IP for the same candidate. No, we are not taking these people to the woodshed (or even naming their names), but we are listing the locations of the miscreants and deducting their votes accordingly. Without help from spammers, Rudy Giuliani (32%) and Bill Richardson (37.6%) were easy winners on the Republican and Democratic sides respectively. Here are the spam locations from which votes were deducted - (shame on them... but if they want to waste their lives on this, who are we to stop them): Source: an IP number in Hong Kong Spam votes: more than 1,000 for Barack Obama, mixed with hundreds of votes for various R candidates; all marked invalid. Source: Comcast cable Internet connection in New Jersey Spam votes: almost 1,000 votes for Mitt Romney Source: someone behind a proxy at a large aircraft manufacturer Spam votes: more than 400 votes for Ron Paul Source: Charter cable Internet connection in St Louis Spam votes: more than 200 votes for Ron Paul Source: another user of a proxy at a large manufacturer of aircrafts Spam votes: more than 200 votes for Ron Paul Source: someone at the University of South Carolina Spam votes: 85 votes for Ron Paul



February 11, 2007 - 7:51 pm


This is a rolling poll in which each person is able to vote for one candidate in each party once a week. This far away from the election people will undoubtedly change their minds about the candidates as events go forward. Our intention is to track those changes with the growing online electorate.

We encourage you to vote for one candidate in each party. We realize that some people find the opposite side of the aisle anathema, but consider it an experiment in democracy.

And come back next week to vote again.

NOTE TO BLOGGERS AND OTHER WEBSITES: Later this week code will be available to embed the Presidential Straw Poll on your site with a widget. This will make your site a form of online poll precinct. Coming as well will be a method of showing how participants from each blog/site are voting.

ALSO COMING SOON: A Round Table forum for you to discuss the election, your vote, the candidates and other issues of interest.

Vote Early, Vote Once a Week!