August 16th, 2007
07:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Mitt Romney wins Illinois straw poll

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney

(CNN)–Mitt Romney added another straw poll victory to his resume Thursday.

Illinois state Republican party chairman, Andy McKenna, said Romney won the Illinois Straw poll at the Illinois State Fair. "Congratulations to Mitt Romney, whose strong showing today indicates he has begun to put together a strong statewide organization," McKenna said. "There's no question that Illinois' demographics closely match those of the United States and this could be an indication as to whom Illinois voters are leaning toward this coming February."

Romney secured an overwhelming victory with 40.35 percent of the vote. Former Senator Fred Thompson, who is expected to formally enter the race for the GOP nomination next month, came in second with 19.96 percent of the vote.

The Illinois Republican party sponsored the straw poll during its Republican Day festivities at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

To be included, participate candidates were required to have participated in one of the previously held debates with other Republican candidates, or have polled above 5 percent in a national, independent poll.

Final results of Thursday's Illinois straw poll:

1. Mitt Romney – 40.35%

2. Fred Thompson – 19.96%

3. Ron Paul – 18.87%

4. Rudy Giuliani – 11.61%

5. John McCain – 4.12%

6. Mike Huckabee – 3.04%

7. Sam Brownback – 1.08%

8. Duncan Hunter – .65%

9. Tom Tancredo – .33%

–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Chris, Sandusky, Ohio

    Where's the mention of Ron Paul getting 3rd place? Or is that still just the internet spammers spamming real-life?

    August 17, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  2. David, SF Bay Area, CA

    "Romney secured an overwhelming victory with 40.35 percent of the vote. Former Senator Fred Thompson, who is expected to formally enter the race for the GOP nomination next month, came in second with 19.96 percent of the vote."

    And who came in third, 1% behind Thompson, CNN? It's okay, you can say it. His name is really easy to pronounce...

    August 17, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  3. Gene

    I think you missed the really big news, Ron Paul came in third with 18.87% topping Giuliani, McCain, and Huckabee! How can you completely ignore this when you raved over Huckabee coming in second in Iowa? Something is not right!

    August 17, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  4. Heather, IL

    You can darn well bet that Ron Paul didn't have to pay to bus in senior citizens like some *other* candidate to get his 18.87%

    Way To Go Illinois – Ron Paul 2008!

    August 17, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  5. Nick, Eagle Mountain, UT

    Go Mitt!!!

    August 17, 2007 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  6. Adam, Los Angeles (formerly Champaign, IL) CA

    Yeah, that's great. Congratulations on being the world's tallest midget, Mitt. You're creepy – even for a Republican – and let me clue you into something... Some of those people were Democrats hoping you win the GOP because you are an Obama/Clinton tackling dummy. Winning a GOP sponsored straw poll at the Illinois state fair (I mean come on, I'm from Illinois and I have no idea where this event is held) is like being a weird Mormon Republican running after the worst President in the history of the nation, who also happens to be Republican, oh wait... Yeah, you're screwed. Go change! Go Obama!

    August 17, 2007 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  7. Starchild, San Francisco, CA

    Wow, Ron Paul has surged from 5th in Iowa, to 3rd in Illinois, and came within about a point of beating Fred Thompson for second! The mainstream media are going to have to start acknowledging the reality that his grassroots support has made him a top-tier candidate. Meanwhile, these results look a bit disappointing for Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo (whose name CNN misspelled) after their relatively strong showings in Iowa. McCain also seems to be continuing his downward spiral.

    August 17, 2007 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  8. Mark, Rio de Janeiro

    Ron Paul did awesome! Watch him grow.

    August 17, 2007 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  9. Dave, Reading PA

    Not a mention that Ron Paul came in THIRD ahead of Giuliani.

    Bravo, Dr. Paul! The momentum is building!

    August 17, 2007 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  10. Johnson, Gainesville, FL

    Okay, why doesn't the article mention the fact that Ron Paul, a purported underdog, scored third – higher than Giuliani and McCain, and competitively with Fred Thomson? I mean, is CNN that scared of him?

    ronpaul2008.com

    August 17, 2007 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  11. Losos

    This is great news. I think America is finally beginning to see what a great, competent candidate Mitt is. Go Mitt!

    August 17, 2007 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  12. Memphis City Tennessesee

    People, people, people... Embrace the leader of the new free world. Barack isn't a diry democrat. This is a man thab believies in change from both sides of the aisle. Frankly, he is and I know this term is gaining popularity but (as a Misssissippian) but I do lookto him aws a SAVIOR of sorts but he is isn't he? The man seems to really listen and I hate when the other candidates just talk and talk and I just. I had a friend who meant Barack a few weks ago and said he seemed like a true gentlman. I just always lik when someone is nice like they say they will be. Haven't made my mind up but isn't that it? How they treat yoour famiely?

    August 17, 2007 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  13. Go Romney '08, Telluride, CO

    Congratulations to Mitt Romney! I will vote for him for the Presidency and think he will provide intelligence, ability and creative insights to the White House.

    August 17, 2007 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  14. Steve, Springfield Mo.

    Vote for Romney so the country can continue on its path to Hell. Ron Paul is the only qualified candidate from either party But big buisness and the main Stream media don't want you to hear Paul's message because it doesn't play with their agenda of corporate BS. Wake the hell up America! Vote for Freedom, Liberty, and Peace! Or we will lose our country to those who would enslave us all for their worldwide Greed and Blood lust. Get you kids ready for the draft, cause its comming with Romney or whoever the hell else gets in office Other than Ron Paul. Vote Real American! Vote Ron Paul 2008!!! for God sakes!!!!!!!!1

    August 17, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  15. Allen Ridge

    If Americans liked Ronald Reagan they are going to love Mitt Romney.
    Mitt Romney is a solid candidate. He has accomplished more than any other candidate out there in his career so far. 1. Took apart failing companies and put them back to together again...............2. Took the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics games that were 369 million in debt with massive corruption and pulled off one of the most incredible "turn a rounds" three months after 9/11................3. Became Governor of the bluest state in the Union with a projected $3 billion deficit and balanced the budget WITHOUT RAISING TAXES...............4. Brought private health insurance to every citizen in Massachusetts WITHOUT RASIING TAXES..... There simply isn't ANYONE as qualified to run as this man. If our corrupt liberal press wants to "nick pick" and create a "negative" stereotype of this man this so be it. ALL the other candidates running for President "talk" about what they will do........Mitt Romney has already “walked the walk”. Mitt has actual accomplishments. Mitt would make a great President for All Americans....

    August 17, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Hmm Ron Paul at 18%...Guess hes not so much of a long shot anymore.

    August 17, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. Ben, Boston, MA

    RP beat Giuliani. That's awesome! Wonder how those spammers managed to vote so many times?

    August 17, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. Banks, Flatwoods Ky

    Ron Paul comes in third and your article doesn’t even mention his name. This is the type of thing that makes CNN and other “mainstream” media outlets more and more irrelevant.

    August 17, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. Jorge, Dayton, OH

    Huckabee doesn't look so good. Couldn't even beat McCain? That's not a good sign after showing so well in Iowa.

    Nice showing for Ron Paul, though. Guy continues to pleasantly surprise and amaze.

    August 17, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  20. Strom, Atlanta, GA

    Wow, Ron Paul above Giuliani and not a word about it in the news bite. What a suprise. When is the media going to start giving this guy some coverage?

    August 17, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. aj4DrPaul2008

    RON PAUL comes in a close 3rd!! Go Dr. Paul!! Go!!

    August 17, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. Allen Ridge

    If Americans liked Ronald Reagan they are going to love Mitt Romney.
    Mitt Romney is a solid candidate. He has accomplished more than any other candidate out there in his career so far. 1. Took apart failing companies and put them back to together again...............2. Took the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics games that were 369 million in debt with massive corruption and pulled off one of the most incredible "turn a rounds" three months after 9/11................3. Became Governor of the bluest state in the Union with a projected $3 billion deficit and balanced the budget WITHOUT RAISING TAXES...............4. Brought private health insurance to every citizen in Massachusetts WITHOUT RASIING TAXES..... There simply isn't ANYONE as qualified to run as this man. If our corrupt liberal press wants to "nick pick" and create a negative stereotype of this man this so be it. ALL the other candidates running for President talk about what they will do........Mitt Romney has already walked the walk. Mitt has actual accomplishments. Mitt would make a great President for All Americans....

    August 17, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. Kyle, Chicago, IL

    I'm shocked that CNN didn't report the real story-Ron Paul has now beaten Guiliani in two consecutive straw polls but continues to get no press. Save our country Ron!!!!

    August 17, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Mike, Charlotte NC

    Ron Paul is running in the wrong Primary, The surrender monkey's debated on Youtube.

    August 17, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. Paul, Louisville, Kentucky

    They'll continue to ignore Ron Paul, and we'll continue to support him.

    August 17, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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