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Murrysville Debate Exit Polls Are In

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

After the U.S. Senate debate in Murrysville on Friday, audience members had the chance to share their two cents in a survey. But more than the typical horse-race question, the Murrysville-Export Republican Committee also asked attendees whether they changed their minds on who to support during the debate.

Below are the crosstabs, and below that are crosstabs of who the supporters of each candidate are supporting for President.

A special thanks to Jill Cooper and other event organizers who painstakingly poured through audience surveys in order to compile these results.


Takeaways: The Indiana-Armstrong Patriots, the Tea Party group Smith used to lead, brought a bus of supporters down to the event – hence the 36 people who did not change their mind to support him.

PoliticsPA gave Rohrer an A for the debate, and he won over more people than any other candidate. But it’s also good news for Welch, who came in with the least built-in support.

Takeaways: Welch won the Romney supporters in the room, which makes sense because Welch is the most Romney-like of the Senate candidates.

Before he won Iowa, Rick Santorum habitually lost these straw polls even in southwest Pa. He’s back on top for now. Tom Smith won most of them.

Marc Scaringi won a plurality of Ginrich supporters – read into that what you will.

And no surprise here – Rohrer won the noisy Ron Paul contingent by a mile.

3 Responses

  1. The bus for the Indiana Armstrong Patriots only contained 29 people. The weather held some people back from attending.

  2. That’s funny – I would have expected Ron Paul supporters to line up for a libertarian like Marc Scaringi before a theocrat like Sam Rohrer. I had figured the Santorum crowed would be lining up for Mr. Rohrer, which I suppose they had a good showing, but still…

  3. When are you going to start giving Rohrer his due? Yes, he finished with the highest votes in those who supported Paul, but he also finished with the second highest votes among those who support Romney and Santorum which shows he has a broad range of support and will UNIFY the GOP in the general election against our invisible senator!

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