Golden Dukes, Readers’ Choice Edition!

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Okay, this year is the fourth year of the Golden Dukes. And until now, the reader portion of the contest was in the nomination phase. Then the esteemed judges picked the actual winners. Well, we’re doing it that way again this year. But this year for the first time, you’ll get to vote on who you think should win the Golden Duke in each of this year’s eight categories.

Results so far after the jump …If you want to make your own voice heard as a Golden Dukes reader/judge, just click on the category headline to find out more about each nominee and vote in each category.

Meritorious Achievement in The Crazy:

  • Christine O’Donnell: 45.9%
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert: 17.7%
  • Ginny Thomas: 17.5%
  • Former Rep. Tom Tancredo: 11.7%
  • Tim Profitt: 7.1%

Unrefudiated Champion of Tea Party Wackiness

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann: 37.0%
  • Sharron Angle: 34.9%
  • Carl Paladino: 18.0%
  • Rep.-Elect Allen West: 6.9%
  • Rich Iott: 3.2%

Most Outrageous Election Season Fib Issued By A Politician

  • Gov. Jan Brewer: Illegal Immigrants Are Beheading People!: 70.5%
  • Sharron Angle: I’m Really Concerned With Canadian Immigrants!:16.7%
  • Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie: My Opponent Would Release All These Sex
    Offenders!: 6.4%

  • Carl Paladino: Andrew Cuomo Had An Affair, I Swear!: 3.8%
  • Sen.-Elect Richard Blumenthal: “I Served In Vietnam”: 2.6%

Most Over-The-Top Campaign Ad

  • Demon Sheep: 41.5%
  • Reid Supports Viagra For Sex Offenders: 26.2%
  • Taliban Dan: 10.8%
  • Manchin Shoots Down Cap and Trade: 10.8%
  • Melancon Welcomes Illegal Immigrants: 10.8%

The George Allen Honors For Best Tracker-Captured Freak-Out

  • Joe Miller: 42.2%
  • Carl Paladino: 24.5%
  • Phil Davison: 22.5%
  • Rep.-Elect Allen West: 5.9%
  • Rep. Bob Etheridge: 4.9%

Best Scandal — Sex and Generalized Carnality

  • George Reker’s Altruistic Streak: 58.5%
  • Then-Rep. Eric Massa’s Tickle Fetish: 26.6%
  • Carl Paladino’s Secret Life: 7.4%
  • Sexting Wisconsin DA Kenneth Kratz: 5.3%
  • Blogger Claims Affair With Nikki Haley: 2.1%

Best Scandal — Local Venue

  • Bell, CA City Council Salary Scandal: 53.9%
  • PG County Officials Jack and Leslie Johnson’s Bribery Scandal: 16.9%
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Spending And Discrimination Scandals: 15.7%
  • Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s Extortion Case: 7.9%
  • State Sen.-Elect Brian Nieves Faced Charges He Assaulted Rival’s
    Staffer: 5.6%

Best Scandal — General Interest

  • RNC’s Spending At A Bondage-Themed Strip Club: 59.0%
  • Meg Whitman’s Maid Scandal: 20.5%
  • Rep. Charlie Rangel’s Ethics Trial: 16.9%
  • Former Rep. Scott McInnis’ Plagiarism Allegations: 2.4%
  • Former Florida Republican Chair Jim Greer’s Siphoning Scandal: 1.2%

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.
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