As a former Pennsylvanian, I found it interesting that just after former governor (and DHS secretary) Tom Ridge, a supporter of Senator McCain’s, spoke to the PA Republican State Committee, this happened in an impromptu straw poll:
Giuliani received 87 votes to 40 votes for former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, a Tennessean expected to announce his candidacy soon. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 12; former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is considering the race, 10; and U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, 7. Another 14 votes were spread among lesser known candidates or undecided.
First of all, it’s not surprising that Governor Romney didn’t win. State Committee, as any Pennsylvania conservative knows, is not a particularly conservative body; it falls to us troublemakers to support true-blue conservatives like Pat Toomey.
Secondly, it would seem notable that despite the appeals of Governor Ridge–the last Republican governor to be elected in the Keystone State–Senator McCain came in not just last, but not even close, with half the votes the “undecided” category received.
Sorry, Senator, but if you want to beat Hillary, you’ve got to win the primary first–and the “We Just Want a Republican to Win” vote (of which there are few better exemplars than the group noted above) doesn’t seem to be trending your way.