By early evening, over 9,000 people had responded, with some 60 percent voting 'No.' That wasn't lost on Democrats, who took to the Senate floor to bait Republicans.
Frist's spokesman, Bob Stevenson, denied on Thursday the poll had been changed to try to ensure any particular result, attributing the initial back-and-forth to efforts to foil the automatic voting programs that were being used.
"They are up there to allow people to give their honest feedback. Wherever the chips may fall, that's fine," he said.
"However, after going through last night's experience, we've recommitted ourselves to the 'Do not spam' law," he said, referring to efforts to ban automated Internet junk mail.
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