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After last weekend's California Republican Party convention, a spokeswoman for potential Senate candidate Carly Fiorina dissed the results of rival Chuck DeVore's self-commissioned straw poll, telling CNN's Peter Hamby:

"Let me get this straight, you want me to comment on a Chuck DeVore straw poll that was conducted in the DeVore hospitality suite on Saturday night with a bunch of college Republicans and a lot of free beer flowing?"

Beer and college students may go together like Republicans and no-tax pledges, but can candidates really capture conservative students' support with an abundance of ale?

Not so easily, according to Michael Antonopoulos. The California College Republicans statewide chairman hinted that the 100-plus College Republican members who volunteered for candidates over the weekend were more of the BYOB types.

"College Republicans didn't need Chuck DeVore's beer -- we had plenty on our own," he quipped.

DeVore is scheduled to spend tonight talking to the CR chapter at this Capitol Alert scribe's alma mater -- University of Southern California.

Maybe the Irvine assemblyman could break the ice by asking what's on tap.


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