Haynes Not Even Close on Endorsement
As they say on OC Blog, this came over the transom yesterday.
Haynes Wins CRA Vote by
85-67 vote just short of formal endorsement
(Bakersfield, CA) Delegates to the statewide California Republican Assembly convention in Bakersfield supported Assemblyman Ray Haynes by an overwhelming margin Sunday morning, falling just short of an outright endorsement [emphasis added] in the heavily contested race for Board of Equalization.
“It was a great weekend with fellow conservatives and I am very happy to have received such strong support form the grassroots of our party,” said Ray Haynes, a veteran conservative Assemblyman from Riverside County.
Momentum has been building fast for the Haynes campaign, which announced two major endorsements last week, the National Rifle Association and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
Based on these counts, there is a minimum of 152 votes (possibly more depending on non-voters). Ray would've needed at least 100 votes to receive the endorsement. Losing by a 15 vote spread is not "falling just short of an outright endorsement."
Anyone who thinks otherwise has not run a CRA endorsement drill - you don't find blocks of 15 votes lying around underneath chair cushions - especially when according to comments on this and other blogs, your candidate has a melt-down in the middle of the convention.