Todd Tiahrt won the Olathe straw poll over the weekend, besting Jerry Moran by a 3-1 margin.
Says the release:
Tiahrt received 315 votes to Congressman Moran’s 112. Tiahrt’s statewide grassroots organization and strong support in Johnson County led to his decisive victory in the 15th Annual Olathe Republican Party Picnic and Straw Poll – despite a brief appearance by Moran, his fourth campaign manager and other campaign staff. Tiahrt’s Olathe straw poll win comes on the heels of his campaign’s endorsement by conservative champion, Gov. Sarah Palin.
“Todd Tiahrt’s victory today is a stunning example of the support Todd is receiving from conservatives across the state,” said Michelle Schroeder, spokesperson for the Tiahrt campaign. “Momentum continues to build in battleground Johnson County and across the state as conservatives line up behind Todd in his fight to bring principled, conservative leadership to the U.S. Senate.”
“Kansans have little toleration for Washington politicians, such as Congressman Moran, who has voted multiple times to raise sales taxes, property taxes, income taxes, small business taxes and who has voted against the permanent repeal of the death tax. The Olathe straw poll demonstrates that Johnson County Republicans continue to back Todd Tiahrt for U.S. Senate. Congressman Moran’s election-year conversion is not holding water and Kansans are seeing through his campaign’s attempts to distract from his tax-and-spend voting record.”