Manassas, VA, April 05, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Marshall Takes Vote; Comstock Near Bottom
In a straw poll believed to be the first to survey voter opinion for the Virginia 10th Congressional District race to replace retiring U. S. Representative Frank Wolf, strongly conservative candidates Delegate Bob Marshall and Stephen Hollingshead captured nearly three quarters of the vote in a field of six Republicans and one Democrat. The straw poll occurred at the end of a Candidates Forum hosted by the Manassas Tea Party. This was the only appearance of the candidates in one setting in the eastern portion of the district, before the April 26 GOP firehouse primary. Open to the public the well-attended forum audience was a cross-section of voters in Manassas and Prince William County and included dignitaries such as Manassas City mayor Hal Parrish, and several City Councilmen.
The Manassas Tea Party conducted the straw poll to survey audience opinion after hearing the candidates’ responses to a wide range of questions. Winning nearly three quarters of the vote in a field of six Republicans and one Democrat candidates Delegate Bob Marshall and Stephen Hollingshead had 49% and 25% respectively. Surprisingly favored candidate Barbara Comstock was near the bottom along with several other candidates who collected 8% or less. “We didn't want to let the candidates off the hook by asking every candidate the same generic questions so we made sure we asked some pretty tough ones about their background or perceived viability. I thought all candidates did a great job of demonstrating who they are and where they stand on fighting for conservative principles. We were disappointed, of course, that Delegate Comstock was unable to attend as we were hoping to hear a commitment from all the candidates in the race that they will stand up for the constitution regardless of what the party leadership says,” indicated Manassas Tea Party Chairman Dan Arnold.
Candidates of all parties were invited to the Candidate Forum. Candidates attending were: Dr. Stephen Hollingshead, Howie Lind, Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13), Marc Savitt, and Rob Wasinger. Due to a schedule conflict Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-34) sent spokesperson Delegate Rich Anderson (R-51) in her absence.
Straw Poll Results:
Marshall (R) 49%
Hollingshead (R) 25%
Lind (R) 8%
Wasinger (R) 8%
Comstock (R) 5%
Savitt (R) 3%
Foust (D) 0%
Note: Due to rounding of figures the total does not equal 100%.
The Manassas Tea Party is a non-profit organization of hundreds of Manassas and greater Manassas area citizens dedicated to preserving constitutional principles of every level of government.