Unlike the established presidential straw poll in Iowa, in which any registered Iowa voter can participate, the Texas GOP poll will be restricted to previous participants in political conventions. As many as 15,000 to 20,000 activists could participate, party spokesman Hans KIingler said.Rigging their own poll, not surprising.
Texas Democratic Party spokeswoman Amber Moon dismissed the GOP event as a "gimmick" designed to disguise a "lackluster field" of Republican candidates.
By restricting the poll to former convention delegates, Benkiser is trying to give the "extreme right" more influence in the selection process, Moon said. Recent Republican conventions have been dominated by social conservatives.