He seems to think that his methodology for winning straw polls in Iowa is a good way to campaign nationwide. But really, how can a guy that’s as wealthy as even Mitt is rely on spreading cash as a national campaign strategy?

I’d love to see a cost-per-vote breakdown. The amount of money Mitt’s gonna have to spend is going to be awesome, since bribery is probably the only way he can get the Jesusistanis to cast a vote for him. He does seem to understand how Florida elections work. Whoever is doing the counting gets to make up the rules, after all.

Hey-maybe Mitt would be better off just paying off elections officials. More bang for the buck, no?

Mitt Romney bought himself a victory in the straw poll for Republicans at a rain-shortened barbecue in Vinoy Park.

Romney got 893 votes, besting second-place Ron Paul’s 534 — despite Paul’s shuttling in supporters on a rented trolley and shuttle. The campaign had a plane sporting pro-Paul slogans and a boat touting him, too.

In fact, Paul supporters dominated the crowd, which reached an estimated 1,000 people. Tickets for votes cost $20 each.

So how did Romney do it?

“I voted 20 times,” Derek Gyongzois, 38, of St. Petersburg exclaimed after casting ballots.

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