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Trump, Cruz, Carson Leading Brown County Fair Corn Poll

Brown County Fair-goers, pop over to the Brown County Republicans’ booth (southeast corner of the Expo building, near the bathrooms in case you start to feel ill) and vote in the Corn Poll!

Brown County GOP Presidential Corn Poll, Brown County Fair, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 2015.08.12.
Brown County GOP Presidential Corn Poll—Democrats can vote, too, but we get the sternly crossed arms. Brown County Fair, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 2015.08.12.

Grab a kernel, place it in the jar of your favorite GOP presidential candidate, and see who wins! The Brown County GOP will be taking votes from willing fairgoers through Sunday… which is good, because as of Wednesday afternoon, the winner appeared to be…

Trump leads Brown County GOP Corn Poll, Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

…Donald Trump? My quick scan of the jars indicated Trump had the most votes, followed apparently by Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.

Come on, Brown County Fair-goers, you’re smarter than that.

A German-American woman (really! she emigrated here from Germany!) said she was o.k. with Trump until she heard him in the first “debate” last week. Today she cast her kernel for Carson. I asked her why, and she said she’s impressed by Carson’s story: raised by a single mom, didn’t come from money, achieved so much on his own….

“Just like Bill Clinton!” I said.

I just can’t hang out at the Brown County GOP booth. It’s just too tempting….

But the rest of you, get to the Corn Poll, open with the Brown County Fair through Sunday, and prove that local voters aren’t dumb enough to mistake celebrity and arrogance as qualifications for Leader of the Free World.


  1. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-08-12 22:31

    Cory, what was her response when you said, “Just like Bill Clinton!”?

    BTW, that’s funny. Good on ya.

  2. Roger Cornelius 2015-08-12 22:52

    Corn Poll? What a fitting name for a republican poll.

  3. P Lansing 2015-08-13 05:17

    Trump is saying what a majority of Sodak Republicans desperately NEED to hear; that their overt bigotry is somehow justified. Yes, Mr. Trump and capital”C” Conservatives. You have a Constitutional right to be prejudiced. And we Liberals have the right to call down a bully when and where we confront one.

  4. P Lansing 2015-08-13 05:20

    PS ….. Even more like Barack Obama than Clinton. Clinton had the huge advantage of “white privilege”.

  5. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-08-13 07:29

    Deb, there was an awkward pause, and perhaps a failure to grasp the logical critique, followed by a criticism of the President having sex in his office, which will always outweigh balancing the budget. Porter, yes, you should have joined me to add the Obama example. That would have caused a complete short circuit.

  6. Donald Pay 2015-08-13 07:29

    There used to be Republicans who would tempt me to cross party lines to vote for them. Jack Kemp was one, someone more in line with Teddy Roosevelt.

    This year I thought maybe Kasich would stand out. He’s sane, at least some of the time, and from the Mideast Rust Belt. Unlike Scott Walker, he learned from his early attacks on working people, and changed his positions and governing style. I was disappointed that in the debate he pandered to the Trump racists.

    The part of that party that appeals to me is the fiscally conservative, but unmean, folks. I never have liked wasted dollars, but I don’t like scapegoating poor folks, and stealing Social Security for the Wall Streeters with false scare tactics. The people who really steal from taxpayers are the defense contractors and crony capitalists. If Republicans want to go after the real problem, I’ll listen, but they are bought by the problem.

  7. mike from iowa 2015-08-13 07:52

    Did the jars have a hole in the bottom so you could shove the kernel up their ar….Obama was a better comeback than Clinton, as Mr Lansing pointed out.

  8. larry kurtz 2015-08-13 08:25

    Why is Ben Carson, who used foetal tissue in research, given a Dr. in front of his name and Rand Paul is not? Anyone else in the GOP clown car have a PhD?

  9. Lynn 2015-08-13 08:45

    Chris Christie for President! :) Telling it like it is!

  10. larry kurtz 2015-08-13 08:59

    Chris Christie for lap band surgery: telling it like it is!

  11. Porter Lansing 2015-08-13 09:32

    @ Mr. Pay … Hear, hear, sir. Small “c” conservative is what WE are. (i.e. ~ frugal) Capital “C” Conservative is what THEY are. (i.e. – greedy)

  12. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-08-13 10:36

    Fair question, Larry, about the apparent discrimination against Rand Paul.

    And Donald, Kasich! I thought about giving him my kernel. He’s perhaps the only candidate in the batch who doesn’t come across as either a complete wingnut, jerk, or doofus. He didn’t whack Trump hard enough in last week’s debate, but he did give a cogent, pragmatic defense for Medicaid expansion and a reasonable response on accepting gay marriage. Alas, such responses are why Aberdeen’s anti-Obama fundamentalists will not be kerneling his jar.

  13. mikeyc, that's me! 2015-08-13 11:02

    I miss Stephen Colbert.

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