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Republicans sweep in straw poll

August 30, 2000
By: John Sheridan
State Capital Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - Republicans swept the presidential, senate and gubernatorial races in the Missouri Farm Bureau's poll at the state fair.

These are the results according an unscientic straw poll conducted by the Missouri Farm Bureau at the Missouri State Fair.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State's office said it did not know when it would release the results of their own, separate straw poll during the fair.

The state's top GOP spokesman suggested politics was behind the slow poll reporting by the Democratic secretary of state's office.

Daryl Duwe, chief spokesman for the Republican State Committee, charged Democrats are not in a rush to publish results because Republicans faired well in the survey.

The Farm Bureau's poll results show George Bush defeating Al Gore 63-31 percent in the presidential contest.

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbant John Ashcroft beat Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, 58-36 percent. Jim Talent received 52 percent of the vote, while Bob Holden had 36 percent in the gubernatorial contest.

About 8000 people participated in the poll during the state fair which ran from...

Estil Fretwell, Farm Bureau Director of Public Affairs, agreed that the poll was not scientific. But, Fretwell argued, the farm organization's straw poll has accurately predicted the November elections about 90 percent of the time in its 20-year history.

Bob Holden, on the other hand, said the August poll is not meaningful, "the only poll that matters is on election day."

Holden said many other polls show his campaign is in good shape.