Pinellas straw poll looms for Senate race
UPDATE: The straw poll now looks like it will be in January to accommodate Crist's schedule (he is expected to visit party members in December), Pinellas GOP Chairman J.J. Beyrouti said.
The Pinellas GOP plans to hold a straw poll on the U.S. Senate race, among other contests, in December, county Republican Party chairman J.J. Beyrouti confirmed to Republicans this week.
As it's sketched out, Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio will speak in October and November at the party's monthly meetings. Beyrouti has said he wants the vote itself to big a large, attention-getting event for the party.
But' it's mainly notable because Pinellas is the backyard of Crist, and Crist has been getting swamped in similar polls of party regulars in other counties, including Pasco and Hernando counties.
David DeCamp, Times staff writer