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Political activist touts winning over ideology for next GOP nominee

Chad Groening   ( Monday, February 17, 2014

A conservative political scientist says the results of a recent poll on possible 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls should be taken with a grain of salt.

The online poll of 62,000 grassroots conservatives was commissioned jointly by and Contract from America.

The survey found that first-term U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz received support 84 percent of the time, while fellow Sen. Rand Paul received 80-percent support. On the other end of the scale, establishment Republicans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finished last with 15 percent, and Jeb Bush garnered just 29 percent support.

Dr. Charles W. Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, says there is a major problem with a survey of only conservative activists.

"Conservative activists don't elect presidents," Dunn claims, "and if conservative activists select their candidate for president, the likelihood that they would nominate a Goldwater who would lose overwhelmingly."

He advises that conservatives must "look beyond" Cruz and Paul and instead nominate "someone who can win in November."

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio are two names listed on the poll who stand out to Dunn.

Dunn, Charles (Regent Univ.)

"They're the two who have won against Democrats and big unions, in Democratic and big union territory," the political scientist observes.  

Walker did fairly well in the conservative activist poll with 70-percent approval, while Kasich only garnered 42 percent.

Dunn agrees with the poll that Christie and Bush are going to have a tough time without a lot of support from conservatives.

The Washington Examiner reported on the poll and its results

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