Mark Souder, Creationist: Election 04 May

Buffoon Award

Our last post about Mark Souder, Creationist Congressman, the only member of Congress (so far) who has won your Curmudgeon’s coveted Buffoon Award, was here: Mark Souder, Creationist: Two GOP Challengers.

Surely you remember Souder. He’s famous for saying: “I personally believe that there is no issue more important to our society than intelligent design.”

Anyway, our last post about him was back in November of last year. It’s time for an update on his Republican congressional primary. In the Journal Gazette, one of two major newspapers serving Fort Wayne, Indiana we read Souder, Thomas lead House field in poll. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Rep. Mark Souder, R-3rd, and his main rival, Bob Thomas, lead the field in a poll conducted of northeast Indiana residents likely to vote in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Tuesday? That’s 04 May — just a few days away. We’ll be watching for it.

Thomas wasn’t one of the two challengers we wrote about in our earlier post; we assume he entered later. Here’s his website: Bob Thomas for Congress. He’s very Republican, but we didn’t see anything there that seems anti-science. Let’s read on:

Thirty-five percent of GOP voters said they would vote for Souder, 29 percent for Thomas. The margin of error of the poll is plus-or-minus 5 percentage points, meaning Souder could be more than 6 points ahead or Thomas may be leading.

But with a week before the election, 16 percent said they were undecided.

In other words, Souder could lose. Or he could win. We continue:

According to Andy Downs, the director of the [nonpartisan Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne], the poll found that Souder has strong leads over Thomas among young people, people who say they are “strong” Republicans, college graduates and Republicans who identify with the Tea Party movement.

Good grief! Here’s more:

Thomas fares better than Souder among voters ages 35 to 49, people who say they are Republicans (but not strong Republicans or independents who lean Republican), voters with graduate degrees and high school graduates.

Interesting demographics. So now what? That congressional district is nowhere near our location, so we’ll sit back and wait for the election. We’ve been scanning for “Souder” news from time to time, but we never found any stories that mentioned his extremely crazy position on creationism. Maybe it was in the campaign, but we missed it. Anyway, the election is this Tuesday, so we won’t have long to wait.

In closing, we once again paraphrase Cato the Elder’s famous postscript, which he added to all his speeches in the Roman senate before the Third Punic War: Souder delenda est. Souder must be defeated!

UPDATE: See Congressman Mark Souder: 04 May Election Results.

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