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Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership STRAW POLL by ONE VOTE over RON PAUL today!

 
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Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership STRAW POLL by ONE VOTE over RON PAUL today!
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NEW ORLEANS -- By a single vote, Mitt Romney won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership conference here Saturday in a victory that will be taken as a sign of the former Massachusetts governor's strength as a 2012 presidential candidate. That's because the 2008 GOP presidential hopeful elected to skip the conference to continue his book tour.


Romney just triumphed over Ron Paul, who took second place, 439 votes to 438. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich essentially tied for third with 18 percent of the vote each.


1,806 ballots were cast by the conservative activists who attended the conference. No other candidate got more than four percent of the vote.



On the straw poll ballot, conference attendees were asked who they would vote for if the Republican presidential primary were today. They were asked for a first and second choice from among nine candidates: Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Gary Johnson, Palin, Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Pence, Romney and Rick Santorum. (See the ballot here.)



Huckabee, Pawlenty and Romney did not appear at the conference, though Pawlenty sent in a video address. Some rumored 2012 candidates, including Rick Perry, Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal asked to be taken off the ballot, Hotline's Reid Wilson reported.


Supporters of both Romney and Paul spent money in an effort to win the straw poll, with a group called "Evangelicals for Mitt" paying for 200 tickets for supporters and Paul's Campaign for Liberty offering more than 600 discounted tickets for Paul backers, according to Washington Post's David Weigel.


Paul's mostly-college age supporters stood out form the rest of the conference-goers and cheered their preferred candidate loudly when he spoke. Many other attendees remained silent or offered only polite applause during Paul's speech. Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference in February on the strength of his passionate if limited following.


"Evangelicals for MItt" gave away books, buttons and piggy banks to conference attendees and urged them to cast ballots. Organizers claimed they did not coordinate with Romney's Political Action Committee or staff, though one attendee speculated that they found her via Romney's e-mail list and offered a free ticket.



Straw polls offer a signal about the level of support for various candidates, though detractors are quick to note they are easily manipulated and that the pool of respondents do not necessarily represent the party overall. The winner in 2006 was former Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist, who won when the conference was held in his home state of Memphis.
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Re: Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership STRAW POLL by ONE VOTE over RON PAUL today!
Romney - 439
Paul - 438
Palin - 330
Gingrich - 320

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Re: Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership STRAW POLL by ONE VOTE over RON PAUL today!
Too much scopolaminein the republican diet. how else would that two bit hack romney win.

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Re: Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership STRAW POLL by ONE VOTE over RON PAUL today!
NEW ORLEANS Eying another presidential bid, Texas Rep. Ron Paul is telling Republican activists that "the American people have awoken" because Washington won't address the nation's fiscal crisis.

Paul ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. He spoke Saturday to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, a so-called cattle call of potential presidential candidates.

Paul brought to the event a large contingent of boisterous supporters. Following Paul's lead, they booed some traditional GOP policies that lead to government spending.

Says Paul: "The reason why the American people have awoken ... is because the country is broke and the people in Washington won't admit it."

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Re: Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership STRAW POLL by ONE VOTE over RON PAUL today!
"Im with the Bush-Cheney team, and I'm here to stop the count."
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Re: Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership STRAW POLL by ONE VOTE over RON PAUL today!
Its a sad day for America when the likes of Romney, Palin and Gengrich are three stand outs.

How Ron Paul isnt president today is beyond me.....





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