Presidential March Madness Recap
Thanks again for participating in Presidential March Madness and making Governor Richardson the Democratic nominee.
Today, ProgressNowAction which organized the online contest issued a press release officially declaring Bill Richardson the Democratic nominee in the Presidential March Madness contest.
Most noteworthy in the press release isn't that Bill Richardson beat Barack Obama, but that the Obama internet operation lost to the Richardson netroots by 20%. That's the same Obama internet operation that's being touted by the media as the best in the business, setting the bar by which all others are measured, with thousands of friends on Facebook and MySpace. And with a player like Peter Daou on her staff, Hillary Clinton's internet operation is no slouch either. Memo to the media: it isn't the size of your operation that matters but the effectiveness of it. You can have thousands of "friends" on a social networking site, but if they aren't willing to take action on your behalf, what is the point?
The ProgressNowAction press release follows below.
Winners of “Presidential March Madness” announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
CONTACT: Michael Huttner, 303-931-4547
Denver—ProgressNowAction and ProgressOhio.org announced the winners of their “Presidential March Madness” contest today. The contest ran the last ten days. Voting on the final round ended yesterday at midnight. Thousands of people from around the country, particularly in Colorado and Ohio, participated.
“We were very pleased with the response from our members,” ProgressNowAction Executive Director Michael Huttner said. “The results show that voters are taking an early interest in the presidential race, and that the West will be a crucial factor in the 2008 elections.”
After three rounds of one-on-one eliminations of 8 major Republican and Democratic presidential candidates and hopefuls at http://presidentialmarchmadness.com, members selected former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the Democratic preference, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the Republicans. Each individual matchup was surprisingly close after the first round, with Giuliani edging Arizona Senator John McCain by a very close margin in the “Final Four.” Richardson came out ahead of Illinois Senator Barack Obama by almost 20% in the final round.
“This was not a scientific poll, nor was it intended to be anything more than a fun way for our members to express their preference early on in the race for President,” Huttner said. “The results show that Richardson enjoys support among ProgressNow’s Rocky Mountain membership, as well as Giuliani, but all of these candidates have much to prove to Colorado’s independent and progressive voters.”