Congressman Ron Paul’s Campaign Commits to Straw Poll

Almost 200 Tickets Sold For Event

Contact: Tom Swatzel (843) 357-1673

GEORGETOWN-Georgetown County Republican Party Chairman Tom Swatzel announced today that the presidential campaign of Congressman Ron Paul-TX will be represented at the party's upcoming July 28th straw poll and that almost 200 tickets have been sold for the event.

"I am pleased that Congressman Paul's campaign will participate in our straw poll by sending an as yet to be named representative. Congressman Paul has been doing well raising campaign funds nationally, ranking fourth out of the eleven Republican presidential candidates in funds raised in the last quarter. I'm sure he will have support among our voters," Swatzel said

Senator Fred Thompson's committee has committed to the straw poll by sending Congressman Gresham Barrett from the upstate to represent the Senator. Presidential candidate Daniel Gilbert has also announced that he will attend the event. Discussions are ongoing with the other campaigns and Swatzel says he will have additional announcements in the coming days.

Swatzel said that ticket sales for the event are strong. "We have sold nearly 200 tickets and still have a week to go. I think the campaigns are driving these sales- they all want to pack in their supporters so they can vote and win. I'm sure we will have another surge in ticket sales next week and even at the door of the event," he said.

All eleven of the active presidential candidates recognized on the state Republican party web site- plus Thompson, who is expected to formally announce his candidacy at any time-have been invited to the event, which will be held in the Waccamaw High School auditorium in Pawleys Island.

The event will start at 11 a.m. with a barbeque lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Candidates or their representatives will begin speaking at 12:30 p.m. and will be allowed up to 10 minutes each. It is anticipated voting will be conducted at about 3 p.m.

Tickets to participate in the straw poll event are $10 and include the barbeque lunch. Straw poll voters must be at least 18 years old by November 2008 and have a South Carolina driver's license. Tickets for children 12 and under are $5.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Pawleys Island Supply, 10460 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island; the Offices of David Hood, 407 Church Street in Georgetown; or Capt. Dick's Marina, 4123 Business Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet.