After results of the straw poll conducted at the Oregon Democrats’ Summit in Sunriver today showed Jeff Merkley with almost double the votes of his opponent, Novick supporters and non-affiliated voters generally called ‘cahoots’ between the Merkley campaign and those evil D.C. insiders, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Apparently, the DSCC has flown in tens of Washington politicos posing as Merkley supporters in an effort to swing the early indicator towards Merkley, who is supposedly the favored candidate of beltway boys. Steve Novick detected this on his way down to the Summit, telling the Oregonian‘s Jeff Mapes that:
“I think that Oregon Democrats are going to hear that Washington insiders are trying to fix this race for Jeff Merkley and they’ll get mad and they’ll vote for me,” said Novick while on his way to this weekend’s Democratic conference in Sunriver.
Those Oregon Democrats either didn’t read the newspaper and thus failed to catch on to the rigging plot, or they were bound and gagged during the poll by DSCC ninjas while insider-sponsored doppelgangers voted for Jeff Merkley instead.
The voter fraud paid off, as Merkley outdid Novick by a margin of 103 to 50 in the poll originally designed only for Oregon Democrats. In a feat that would make the Daley family blush, the straw poll vote was clearly stacked.
The above could be one way to explain Jeff Merkley’s victory in the straw poll today. But the reality is that of the Oregon Democrats attending the party’s summit–which is a very good sample of the larger category of Oregon Democrats–Jeff Merkley received 2 votes for every Novick vote. If that doesn’t demonstrate early support from Oregon Democrats, who will choose their nominee in May, then I don’t know what does.
A good number of Oregon Democrats support Jeff Merkley for U.S. Senate. And if today’s straw poll is any indication (which of course it is), that number is bigger than the number of Oregon Democrats that support Steve Novick.