This Thursday, The Iowa Republican and Deace in the Afternoon will partner in a gubernatorial straw poll. There has been a lot of comments on the partnership, so I want to take this opportunity to clear a few things up.
The purpose of partnering with Steve Deace is simple; he has a large radio audience, one of the largest in the state. Like him or not, the rating book doesn’t lie, and there isn’t anyone in the state who I could partner with who would open this straw poll up to more voters than Steve Deace can with his show on WHO Radio. Additionally, Deace wanted to partner with The Iowa Republican because I reach a different demographic than he does. And while WHO’s radio signal only goes so far, the internet is accessible to anyone who finds this site.
I think that some readers have underestimated this partnership. Deace’s weekly audience is around 250,000 listeners. The Iowa Republican has more online traffic than all but two or three newspapers in the state. By joining together, we can make sure that this straw poll is accessible to as many Iowans as possible.
If you have listened to my weekly segment on Deace’s show, you know that we don’t agree on everything. In fact, we have had a number of conversations on and off the air about issues on which we disagree. I think that level of debate and conversation is healthy, and sadly lacking, in Republican politics in this state.
As for the decision to make people text their votes, that mode of voting works well with the radio audience who might be in their cars or away from their computer. I know that some people say that Republicans are not tech savvy enough to vote that way, but to be honest, that’s just even more reason to do it this way. Further, this voting method is more likely to provide only one vote per person given that people usually only have one cell phone, while they might have several email addresses.
To succeed in the future, Republicans have to embrace the use of new technologies. The best way to accomplish that goal is to start getting people to use it. If it works for Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, it should work for Iowa Republicans.
For those of you who don’t like the analysis that Deace is providing this week on the website, just ignore it. The same goes for the articles that I write. As always, we don’t prohibit from anyone from disagreeing with us, and everyone is urged to participate in the comment section.
The easiest way to vote this Thursday is to register to receive text updates from The Iowa Republican. If you have pre-registered, at noon on Thursday, you will be sent a text survey which you can reply to, thereby casting your vote. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to sign up.
This is really a very simple process, and I thank you in advance for your participation.
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