When the vote was actually taken, Spencer got about 63% of the vote, but McFarland got 36.5%.
The New York Post, which has particularly brutal toward the McFarland campaign, was forced to call it a "stronger-than-expected showing." The NY Times said the level of her support "surprised many people here."
The next day the scene shifted to the race for Governor. Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld was facing off against long-time GOP office holder John Faso. Weld had been the front runner and was the favorite of Governor Pataki.
Pataki was supposed to endorse Weld, but as Weld's support kept slipping, so did the date of the endorsement until it slipped right past the convention.
Pataki's people made phone calls to drum up support for Weld, but when the noses were counted Weld drew, according to a report in Congressional Quarterly, 39% to Faso's 61%.
This was seen as a brutal defeat for Weld because the betting line going in was that Weld would get over 50% of the votes.
The lesson? Keep expectations under control.
McFarland gets less than 37% and is called the winner. Weld gets about 40% and is called the loser.
Governor Pataki, who has made no secret of his desire to run for President, failed miserably in his self-appointed role as king-maker on both days of the convention.
Memo to Pataki: If you can't persuade delegates from upstate New York, what are the chances you will be able to influence caucus voters in Iowa?
Zero, is my expectation. Zero chance.
On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Links to coverage of the GOP convention, another popular license plate Mullfoto, and an odd Catchy Caption of the Day.