While George Phillies and Bob Barr tied for first place in the Indiana State LP Convention straw poll, five people still voted for “none of the above”. The NOTA vote is especially interesting, given that the convention is less than a month away.
All told, 48 people voted up to three times each. Phillies and Barr each got 22 votes, Gravel got 20, Ruwart 19, Jingozian 16, and Root 16.
Imperato, Hess, Smith, and Kubby got single digit totals, but still polled lower than “None of the Above”. Others – Link, Finan, Burns, Hollist, Milnes – received no votes. At this point, many if not all of those candidates should drop out of the race and endorse one of the frontrunners, since it seems quite clear that they have no chance of becoming the LP nominee.
I cannot help but wonder if the NOTA votes are holding out for Ron Paul to run on a third party ticket (which seems extremely unlikely at best) or if they simply don’t like any of the candidates who have declared.