Antenori wins Young Republican’s straw poll

State Senator Frank Antenori won the straw poll conducted last night during the debate for CD 8 candidates held by the Pima County Young Republican Club. Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally came in second. The event was held in partnership with the Legislative District 26 Republican Party at Canyon del Oro High School (CDO).

“I was surprised by the results and want to congratulate Senator Antenori for winning the Straw Poll. His margin of victory was pretty substantial and we’ll have to see what kinds of correlation the straw poll has to the actual vote totals on April 17,” Tyler Mott Pima County YR Chairman wrote on the group’s website.

Attendees cast 119 votes of which Frank Antenori received 48 total ballots, Martha McSally received 30 votes, Dave Sitton received 22 votes, and Jesse Kelly received 19 votes. Each vote cost $2, which led to speculation that well-funded Jim Click supported Sitton would walk away the winner.

“Senator Antenori represents Legislative District 30 in the Arizona State Senate, so it was also surprising that he did so well at the event held deep in the 26th Legislative District which does not even have any borders with LD 30,” wrote Mott.

All four Republican candidates running to fill the open CD-8 seat previously held by Representative Gabrielle Giffords participated in the debate.

“Frank is years ahead in legislative experience and he’s proven to be extremely capable and loyal to his constituents and to our founding values. When leadership pressured him in his freshman year to cave on core issues, he not only stayed solid, but motivated others to do the same,” said Republican Precinct Committeeman Barney Brenner.

Arizona Illustrated: Political Roundtable for Friday, March 23, 2012