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July 18th, 2012
 

John Landon Wins HD 37 Nominating Convention

Polk County Central Committee members who represent precincts in Ankeny and northern Polk County are gathering tonight to nominate a candidate for House District 37.

Jim Robidoux, an Ankeny educator, just missed reaching the 35 percent threshold to prevent the contest going to convention.  Robidoux, the top vote getter, garnered 714 votes or 34.16% percent of the vote.  His closest competitor was Matt DeVries with 623 votes, which equaled 29.81% percent of the vote.

The full results of the June 5th Primary are as follows:

1.  Jim Robidoux, 714 votes, 34.16%

2.  Matt DeVries, 623 votes, 29.81%

3.  John Landon, 366 votes, 17.51%

4.  Jeffrey A. Wright, 321 votes, 15.36%

5.  Jacob Mason, 35 votes, 1.67%

6.  Stacey C. Rogers, 30 votes, 1.44%

I will post updates throughout the night or as long as the internet connection lasts.

Update: Told that not all 22 delegates will be in attendance tonight.

6:53 p.m. – Lots of guests filling up the room.

6:57 p.m. – I see five of the six candidates.  Missing Stacey Rogers

7:00 p.m. – Meeting is starting, Gopal Krishna is chairing the event.

7:02 p.m. – Vote will be one person, one vote due to redistricting.

7:08 p.m. – 21 of 22 delegates are in attendance.

7:10 p.m. – Someone is running for permanent chair against Krishna.

Enhanced by ZemantaVOTE: Krishna wins election as chair.
7:13 p.m. – Rules adopted.  Candidates have to be nominated.
7:15 p.m. – Matt DeVries, Jim Robidoux, John Landon, and Jeff Wright nominated.  Mason was not nominated and Rogers is a no show.
7:18 p.m. – Candidates now speaking.
Speech Grades: Robidoux – A, DeVries – B+, Landon – B-, Wright -
Robidoux and DeVries made the case based on primary numbers, Landon and Wright did not.
Ballot 1 Results: DeVries 10, Landon 10, Robidoux 1, Wright 0
Ballot 2 Results: Landon 12, DeVries 9
John Landon wins.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson serves as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheIowaRepublican.com. Prior to founding Iowa's largest conservative news site, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. In that capacity, Robinson planned and organized the largest political event in 2007, the Iowa Straw Poll, in Ames, Iowa. Robinson also organized the 2008 Republican caucuses in Iowa, and was later dispatched to Nevada to help with the caucuses there. Robinson cut his teeth in Iowa politics during the 2000 caucus campaign of businessman Steve Forbes and has been involved with most major campaigns in the state since then. His extensive political background and rolodex give him a unique perspective from which to monitor the political pulse of Iowa.




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