HOUSTON — Lawyers are rubbing shoulders with farmers, and high-school dropouts with college grads, as 2,210 delegates to the Republican National Convention crowd into the Astrodome. There's even a poet in the group.
The Associated Press interviewed more than 2,000 of the delegates and found them to be a mixed sampling of the American people.
The youngest delegate is 18; the oldest, 89. Among that collection are:
- 268 lawyers.
- 19 women lawyers.
- 68 realtors.
- 38 farmers and ranchers.
- 121 business people (of which 33 are women).
- 156 homemakers (no male homemakers).
- One poet.
- Two mothers, as listed by occupation.
- 83 blacks.
- 73 Hispanics.
- 24 Asians.
- Three American Indians.
- 1,832 whites.
- 51 union members.
- 904 women.
- 250 seniors.
- 598 "baby boomers."
- 37 members of the "MTV Generation."
- 1,282 college grads.
- Six high school dropouts.
The most common last name on the convention floor is Smith. The most common first name for men is John; for women, Barbara.
Six delegates are named Bush, but none of those Bushes is named George.