(Added at 9:34 p.m. – I’d like to make something very clear, as these things can spin out of control. We have absolutely no indications that the person who inserted the script into the poll was formally associated with the Moran campaign. I have spoken with the Moran campaign and have a firm, on-the-record denial that this action was sanctioned by them in any way, or was undertaken by any Moran employee.)
Our online poll about the Kansas U.S. Senate GOP primary and the 1st District GOP primary closed yesterday. First, we knew we would not get reliable numbers from an online poll. That’s just silly. However, we were very interested in a campaign’s ability to utilize new media to mobilize supporters, which would be the only real measurement one could get from an online, unscientific poll.
I would have liked to discuss that, but I can’t. Why? Because someone decided to come down with a case of “the clevers” and inserted a code into the poll on Monday (the last day the poll was open) that voted for Jerry Moran every 10 seconds. Because of this, I cannot access the polling part of this blog at all.
The effort was ultimately futile, as Todd Tiahrt “won” the poll anyway, with 53 percent to 47 percent. Voting was near 5,000 votes the last time I checked. So thanks “LtCaptain” (The script kiddie’s online alias) for not only crashing the poll, but also failing in such a spectacular manner. You cheated, and still lost. That’s really something else.
As far as the 1st District poll, which I also cannot access because of the other poll being hacked, Rob Wasinger “won” it with 74 percent. Tracey Mann came in second with 23 percent. Huelskamp had 2 percent, with all others coming it at 1 percent or less. Last time I checked, voting was near 5,000 as well. These numbers, of course, should be taken with a grain of salt.
Once again, thanks “LtCaptain” for breaking the polling part of this blog for an online, meaningless and unscientific poll. We’re all really quite impressed with your technical acumen. Great work.
(Note – because of an error on my part, this post originally said voting was close to 2,000, which wasn’t the case after keeping up with it all week. I was more than a little angry over this, and I mistyped the figure. Apologies)