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.

April 1st, 2012 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “Poll: Potted Plant Leads GOP Senate Race”

  1. Jeff Morgan says:

    The message masters in the Republican party just can’t ever get it straight. It appears Welch should drop, for the sake of the party. Nice job Gov. Great pick.

  2. John says:

    While “name recognition” has been a key factor in this race, the “name recognition” has not been a closer in this primary.

  3. PeKayEs says:

    My David, it would seem that you are the April fool.

  4. the Rocks says:

    David, when making ad hominem attacks, its good to mix in a reference or fact to avoid just looking like a jerk. In this case, for example, you’re a jerk, see above.

  5. David Diano says:

    I’m sure the plant would have a better enviromental record than the rest of the GOP field (and probably higher I.Q.).

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