Trump, Bush top SPARC GOP straw poll

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) speaks to the crowd at the annual South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition picnic at Morgan Manor in Los Altos Hills.

Donald Trump and Jeb Bush led a presidential straw poll at the recent South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) picnic at Morgan Manor in Los Altos Hills.

Of the 250 people who attended the event, 144 voted in the poll. Trump topped the list with 27 percent of the field, and Bush followed with 18 percent. Trailing were Scott Walker (13 percent), Marco Rubio (11 percent) and John Kasich (9 percent).

“The field is still pretty wide open,” said SPARC President John McDonnell of San Mateo. “We can expect some considerable ebb and flow between now and the hard results in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

The crowd at the annual SPARC picnic Aug. 23 was the largest in the group’s history. State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) served as keynote speaker. Baker’s election in 2014 was the first time in 20 years that Republicans unseated an incumbent Democrat in the State Legislature and robbed Democrats of their supermajority in the 40-seat Assembly. Baker told the SPARC audience that she is already campaigning for 2016, as it seems certain her seat will be a target for Democrats.

History lesson

Los Altos History Museum Executive Director Laura Bajuk also addressed the crowd, sharing the history of Morgan Manor. Built in 1914 by Stanford trustee Percy Morgan, the estate was home to the Ford Country Day School for more than three decades beginning in the 1950s and is now in private hands.

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