Young Republicans Impact Iowa Straw Poll

WASHINGTON, DC - Young Republicans throughout the nation this weekend went to work for the Republican Party marching in parades in Maine and Washington, strategizing in a state federation meeting in Montana and a convention in Missouri, and stumping for presidential hopefuls Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney, Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback in Iowa. 

Young Republicans from Florida traveled for Romney, a group from Kansas traveled for Brownback and some from Texas even traveled for former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, who has yet to announce his bid for the White House.

Members of the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans (AFYR) made the trip north to Iowa to work booths and win votes for Huckabee.  Huckabee may have surprised pundits with a second-place finish in the Iowa StrawPoll on Saturday, but the Young Republicans from Arkansas were confident that their former governor would show strong.

"My voice is still hoarse from shouting 'I Like Mike' all weekend," said AFYR Chairman Leslie Rutledge.  "Spending two full days working for a presidential candidate and actually making a difference is an experience none of us will forget or ever regret.  With the help ofthe Arkansas YRs' efforts of making get-out-the-vote calls on Friday to registering Huckabee supporters and poll-watching on Saturday, Governor Huckabee went from a likely third or fourth place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll to a second place finish.  Genuine hard work and a great candidate are sometimes worth more than the dollar bill.  I would encourage every YR to get active in presidential campaign today and make a difference."

"After weeks of being on the road and campaigning in Iowa, what a great feeling it was to see the Young Republicans from Arkansas roll into Clive, Iowa to help us with the Republican Party of Iowa Straw Poll," said Huckabee.  "With near 100 degree temperatures, these young folks didn't hesitate to roll up their sleeves to make calls, set up tables,work registration and even hand out watermelon from my hometown of Hope, Arkansas.  I can't begin to thank them enough for their faithful service and dedication not only to my campaign, but to the Republican Party."  

The Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) does not coordinate efforts or endorse candidates in Republican primary races.

In other YR news, the Texas Young Republican Federation will hold its state convention in Austin this weekend on August 18, and the Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans announced its state convention for September 29 in Chelmsford. 

"It is great to see Young Republicans pounding the pavement and getting about the business of electing and re-electing Republican candidates across the country," said Republican National Committee Treasurer, Tim Morgan.  "The GOP needs their spirit and hard work on the campaign trail to win in the elections of 2007 and 2008." 

The YRNF will announce its 2007 election targeted state program before Labor Day and then mobilize its nationwide network of grassroots volunteers for those chosen efforts. 

The Young Republican National Federation is the oldest political youth organization in the United States.   Since its creation, the YRNF has established itself as the premier Republican grassroots organization in the nation, providing essential grassroots support for Republican candidates and conservative issues on the local, state and national levels.