At the Tea Party Debate between the GOP primary candidates last Saturday, which I live-tweeted, Van Irions mentioned several times that he was leading “in the polls.” I receive emails from the Irions campaign, and have received several emails from the campaign urging me to “vote” for Irions at this website, Topix.com. The results look like this:
Who would you vote for in the 3rd Congressional race
Click on an option to vote
- Tommy Crangle-R
- Chuck Fleischmann-R
- Tim Gobble-R
- Art Rhodes-R
- Robin Smith-R
- Van Irion- R
- Mark DeVol -I
Van Irion- R 88 46% Tim Gobble-R 36 19% Chuck Fleischmann-R 33 17% Art Rhodes-R 19 10% Robin Smith-R 7 3% Tommy Crangle-R 3 1% Mark DeVol -I 2 1% Current Total 188
*Last week, I received an email from the campaign boasting that they were leading in the same poll.
I also receive emails from the Chuck Fleischman campaign; I have not received any emails requesting my vote in this poll. There is also an online poll at the Chattanooga Tea Party website (viewing or voting in the poll requires registration, I’m basing this post on an email from the campaign sent on Feb. 26), which again is based only on votes by whoever happens to click. Notably, Irion is in 2nd place in this poll, with 26% of the vote, based on that email (with Fleishman a very close 3rd at 24% and Gobble leading with 33%).
I was not able to find any other polls regarding this race.
Was Irion, at the debate, boasting about his success in an online, unscientific poll that is weighed in his favor by asking his supporters to vote in it? If the answer is yes, I find that quite dishonest.
* Originally, I wrote that I had received the email “today,” which was incorrect. The email was dated last week; I was just cleaning out the inbox today (well, now yesterday) when I read it.