April 10th, 2010
07:06 PM ET

Romney wins Southern GOP straw poll

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney won a straw poll Saturday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Romney, who received 439 votes of 1,806 cast - or 24 percent of the ballots - defeated former presidential contender Ron Paul by a single vote.

Sarah Palin came in third, garnering 18 percent of the votes.

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  1. joel palmer

    24 %??

    So let me get this right; the most popular GOP candidate is disliked by three out of four gop voters?

    Yeah, that's right. Another winning Strategy; run a Mormon who isn't even a real republican; a chameleon who will say anything to get elected; even better run Bachmann as veep candidate

    April 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jerry

    If the right wing is so in love with Romney than why did the GOP pick McCain. I think they picked McCain on purpose to lose the election.

    April 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stephen Secaur

    I'm just wondering what ticket I would prefer, as a staunch Democrat–Gingrich/Palin or Romney/Guiliani. Either one would be a winner for us, I believe.

    April 10, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guidi82

    This country needs a true American like Ron Paul, not a sell-out suck up like Romney or Palin.

    April 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. S. Burns

    Of what significance are these results? Not much I would think. I doubt that these convention goers represent a cross section of anything.

    April 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james

    This is a man that thinks its all UNIONS faults.
    This is a man that won't work on Sundays.
    This is a man that thinks he WILL be GOD of his own worlds.
    This is a man that won't swim or do sports on Sundays.
    This is man that was born rich and NEVER and I repeat NEVER worried about day to day life stresses that WORKING Americans do.
    This is a man that flip flops to be popular.
    This is a man that can not be trusted
    This is man that made BILLIONS on people LOOSING their jobs.
    This is man that is NOT right for America!

    This is what evil looks like people!

    April 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blonduxo

    Dr. Ron Paul. He is the champion of the Constitution, not Romney.

    He is an economic scholar of the Austrian school (it is the Keynesians who have gotten us into this mess). Do we even know what economic theory he embraces? That MA health care legislation did not work out so well economically...

    As an Obstetrician he has run his own business and been an employer and boss, dealt with free or fee for service, private and public insurance. To his credit Romney successfully rescued the Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City and served as their president and CEO.

    He has also served the country during the Vietnam era as an Air Force flight surgeon. Romney got two deferments and in 1970 a 300 in the draft lottery.

    He is a principled, ethical leader and statesman who can speak intelligently without a teleprompter and can think for himself. Romney is not so hot off the cuff...who let the dogs out??

    He is a happily married man with a lovely family. Romney ditto.

    He is committed to liberty and is a freedom fighter, consistent, and steadfast. Highest rated conservative voting record. Romney is a flip flopper on campaign finance, abortion, taxes, fiscal conservatism...

    He is a leading statesman, a humble and sagacious leader, a wise physician with the healing balm, the learned expert in economics here to guide the Republican Party back to the future, to its roots, i.e. sound monetary policy, limited government, secured borders, non-interventionist foreign policy and individual liberty. Romney...not so much...

    He is Dr. Ron Paul and the choice is clear. Dr. Ron Paul for President 2012.

    And to be sure...he'd never leave the family dog in a cage on the roof of his care for 12 hours....

    April 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Danram

    Excellent! Romney is my guy for 2012. He has precisely the skill set needed to tackle the budget deficit by virtue of his experience at taking companies that were about to go under and then making the tough choices needed to turn them profitable again. Moreover, he's an outstanding organizer and he's NOT a friggin' lawyer! He's a businessman who intimately understands the economy and the financial markets.

    April 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. laura

    This comes as no surprise. What does surprise me is that the Republican party seems more at ease with a talking Ken doll, than a Barbie. No wait, that is no surprise either. They are a male dominated backwards looking group who spend all their time hoping that the "50;s, segregation, and Mrs. Cleaver would return! No way, no how! Those who make it clear they would like to live in the past should just buy their burial plot then make arrangements to occupy it! Nobody with a functioning brain really wants to go back to the bad old days! We worked to hard to move ahead like REAL AMERICANS always do! I say "Full Speed Ahead- into the future with hope and hard work!

    April 10, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nick

    Ron Paul is the only hope the republican party has. He is the only one that can transform it back into a 'big tent' party and attract moderates, and not just neo-cons.

    April 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. christy oconnor

    They are so laughable. Romney wins by 1 point over Ron Paul... Steele talks and half the room is empty.
    The party of NO is a NO NO!

    April 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charlie

    Heard they didn't let a good number of Ron Paul supporters into the convention because they didn't meet a "registration deadline," yet were obviously still registered. Wonder if they didn't let Romney supporters in were in the same situation.

    April 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Q Public

    I guess the GOP does like the Healthcare reform!!! Because Romney did it first in Massachusetts.

    April 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mr.SouthMetroAtlanta

    Romney-wins Southern straw poll..........sounds strange. I'm somewhat surprised Mitt is even playing the game after positively representing the GOP during presidential nominations, he got the call to stand down so McCain could stand up. What a big mistake on the part of the GOP.
    Perhaps they were just to afraid that Mitt's religion would sour on the voters so they committed suicide with McCain. Ron Paul could be the dark horse for the long-run this time if he lays out palatable platform. Overall though, Romney has the brains for business but would it be in the best interest of the American people or the devils who ripped us off.

    April 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael

    Hooray!!! So the Southern GOP actually DOES like universal health care and government mandated insurance....

    Who knew?

    April 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
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