Poll: Potted Plant Leads GOP Senate Race
Last year, PoliticsPA broke the news that Republican party officials had recruited a Montgomery County rhododendron to challenge Sen. Bob Casey. That appears to be a good decision; a Quinnipiac poll released today shows the plant leading the GOP primary field.
The plant took 36 percent of the primary vote, more than 10 points above the second-place contender. It’s also the most competitive candidate in a head to head with the the freshman Senator, trailing just 44 to 41 percent among voters who can tell them apart.
Insiders credit the plant’s endorsement by the Pa. Republican Party.
“You reap what you sow,” said PAGOP executive director Mike Barley. “We’ve spent the last few months cultivating our prospects in this race, and we feel confident that voters will respond to our candidate’s deep Pa roots.”
But the endorsement angered some activists, who accuse the PAGOP of muddying its hands.
“Some of the party’s biggest problems stem from this kind of topsoil-down process,” said Anastasia Pryzybzylzski, Co-Founder of the Kitchen Table Patriots Tea Party group. “They say they’re growing the party, but really they’re just trampling the grassroots.”
Democrats, for their part, are gearing up for a bountiful election. A spokesman notes that the plant switched parties to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 primary, voted as a local official to raise taxes, and voted for the infamous midnight pay raise – any of which could be fatal in a GOP primary.