The Brown County Republicans have published the results of their Corn Poll, conducted over six days at the Brown County Fair. The winners match the preferences of the early plinking, with Donald Trump in first place, Ben Carson surging to second, and Ted Cruz leading a far-back second tier. Trump won without giving anyone here free chopper rides.
Even with a margin of error larger than the big six-head Claas Jaguar silage chopper on display at the fair, the Corn Poll shows some interesting alignment with the Real Clear Politics national polling average for the GOP presidential contenders:
|Candidate||BCF Corn Poll||Corn %||RCP Avg (7/30–8/13)|
Trump leads by five percentage points more among Brown County Fairgoers than among the national crowd. My neighbors and our sales-tax-boosting visitors put the national #2 and #3, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, at #7 and #9, respectively. But they rank the next eight—Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Huckabee, Fiorina, Paul, Kasich, and Christie—in the same order as the RCP average before dissolving into static for the under-two-percenters.
One well-placed observer at the GOP table said he heard a lot of voters saying they were marking Trump because he tells it like it is and they are angry. Come on, kids: we all know that when you give in to your anger, you end up with President Palpatine and VP Vader.
University of Minnesota econ prof Roger Feldman suggests another reason Donald Trump could be particularly popular with Aberdeen voters:
Donald Trump, meanwhile, has captured the early enthusiasm of Republican voters, in part because of his self-styled claim to be a wealth creator.
The real story is very different. Trump has become rich by borrowing huge sums of money, taking a cut for himself and losing the rest for other people through bankruptcy. He has destroyed more wealth than a small-scale war [Roger Feldman, “The 2016 Campaign: Good Governor, Good President?” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2015.08.14].
Hmm… borrowed a lot of money, took his cut, then lost the rest for his investors in bankruptcy… why, that exactly local economic development mogul Joop Bollen‘s recipe for success! Brown County Republicans and Mike Rounds love that kind of entrepreneurial spirit!
Trump won the Brown County GOP Corn Poll not on his resemblance to the top of the corn cob but on his entrepreneurial snow job.