Sunday, November 20, 2011
Pantano gets a 2-to-1 win over Rouzer in NCGOP Hall of Fame Straw Poll
By Wes King / Port City Conservatives / November 20, 2011
The North Carolina Republican Party Saturday night, November 19, held the NCGOP Hall of Fame event. In addition to Hall of Fame inductions, the event also included a straw poll for primary candidates for the 2012 elections.
Ilario Pantano, candidate for the 7th district Republican nod for the congressional primary, won the straw poll by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 over David Rouzer.
The North Carolina Hall of Fame dinner is one of the primary fundraisers for the party during the year, giving a boost in preparation for the upcoming elections. The cost of the event was $125.
The event was held at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC and hosted events throughout the day including Central Committee and Executive Committee meetings as well as seminars. A dinner was held during the induction with a speech being given by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia who is leading the charge against Obamacare.
The ballot for the event held the primaries for all of the contested congressional districts as well other notable offices, including Lt. Governor and United States President. Other notable winners of the night include Dan Forest for Lt. Governor and Newt Gingrich for President.
Pantano was celebrating the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps at the Marine Corps Ball in SouthEastern NC at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Warwick Center, an event hosted by the Marine Corps League Detachment 1070 and was unable to attend the Hall of Fame event.
This victory is being considered a significant victory for the Pantano campaign, especially given the location and attendees of the event. Notable lobbyists, party insiders, and Raleigh powerbrokers were present at the event and were expected to sway the vote.
Voters in the event knew both candidates well, given the relationships championed by Rouzer and the prominence that Pantano has developed after the previous run against incumbent Congressman Mike McIntyre.
As the primary campaigns begin to enter the holiday season, the importance of this segment of the campaign is obvious. Maintaining and developing momentum for the campaign is going to be important as the campaign continues to push in fundraising efforts and to continue to motivate the grassroots efforts.
Pantano has scheduled a book signing for the re-release of his book Warlord: Broken by War, Saved by Grace at Barnes and Noble in the Mayfair Town Center in Wilmington NC on Thursday December 8th at 6:30 PM.
He is doing a second signing at the Fayetteville NC Barnes and Noble at the Glensford Commons on Saturday December 17th at 4:00 PM.