October 21st, 2007
08:35 AM ET
6 months ago

Romney wins in conservative voters poll

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts, won the FRCAction straw poll.

The announcement came Saturday during the Values Voter Summit. Romney garnered 1,595 votes and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee coming in a close second with 1,565 votes. A total of 5,775 votes were cast online, by mail, and at the event.

Only members of the political arm of the Family Research Council could vote. During the voting period, the organization saw an increase in membership from approximately 5,000 members to approximately 8,500 according to Tony Perkins, President of FRCAction.

When the announcement was made, there appeared to be loud audience support for Huckabee and less audience support for Romney.

The number of people who voted in person at the conference was far less than the number who voted online or by mail. Huckabee was the clear winner of the in person votes with 488 of the 952 votes. Romney received only 99 in person, on site votes.

The top four finishers were Mitt Romney with 1,595 total votes, Mike Huckabee with total 1,565 votes, Ron Paul with 865 total votes, and Fred Thompson with 564 total votes.

Related: Romney wins straw poll at Values Voters Summit

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. PollM, Dallas Tx

    Interesting results and data break down. Something must have gone wrong. Reaction from the audience sounded much different than the results

    With 30 votes apart did the Religious Conservative choose Romney vs. Huckabee based on electability or Religious Values?
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    October 21, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. JGM

    Mormons have always spoken from both sides of their mouths. It's lying, but don't tell them that, if forced to admit it they won't make it to Celestial bliss.
    Ask Idaho Larry...

    October 21, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. John from America

    Brian and Matt – what you two actually believe in is what your Mormon church leaders tell you and only that! I've know a lot of very good Mormon people but, they all have been brainwashed to some degree. I watched one of the Mormon church leaders on the news this week that said it was Romney's duty as a Mormon to follow all church's revelations including one's recieved any day now by your church leaders. Let's see – one of your leaders said having many wives was a revelation from god, then another got another message? Strange that god got that mixed up?

    What will future messages received by "mortal men" from god dictate Romney to do as President of our country? Will he follow gods revelations to the Mormon's or the United States Constitution? Ask him and see how these other Christians like his answer.

    October 21, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Posted By catherine Saint Paul MN: "Stay out of my womb!!!!"

    Are you talking to the abortion doctor or the guy you're sleeping with?

    October 21, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. sebastian p., stuart , fl.

    Congrats Mitt Romney !!

    October 21, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    That has already proven to be false information. The on site polls were closed after Romney's speech and open the next day after Huckabee's speech.

    There were over 2500 attendees at the conference and the majority of them voted onine.

    The folks urging online votes was the community "Evangelicals for Mitt" not Romney's own campaign. Romney has over an 80,000 donor base, he would have blitzed it if he had tried.

    Most important is the following quote. Huckabee worked the online scene very hard.

    The President of Family Research Council Tony Perkins said this:

    "I know a lot of people are critical of Governor Romney … but Governor Huckabee worked very aggressively online to get votes as well.”Perkins said: “There’s going to be some natural disparity because when people hear someone, they’re going to be motivated. "

    October 21, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. ronnie - knoxville ,tn

    'Tracey Fridley MN' –

    haven't you been paying attention in school? The Bible says we must fight evil. The Bible teaches us there is time for war, a time for peace. We cannot let good men sit by and allow evil acts to take place; in other words good men must destroy evil.

    Thou shalt not commit murder is a commandment. That's talking about murdering someone who is innocent. It's not the same as killing someone who is evil, or killing enemies of our country.

    Got it?

    October 22, 2007 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  8. karen , nj

    OK people. It's almost time to stop denying that HILLARY will BE THE NOMINEE for the DEMS. Either GUILIANI or MITT ROMNEY will BE THE NOMINEE FOR THE Repubicans. RON PAUL will RUN INDEPENDENTLY. MARK THESE WORDS.

    October 22, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  9. Ryan, Oakland, CA

    Just for the record JGM, Larry Craig is not a Mormon, he's a Methodist. Check his wikipedia entry. And your comment "Mormons have always spoken from both sides of their mouths" is just plain bigoted stereotyping. There are good and bad among Mormons just like any other group.

    And to John from America, in response to your criticism of changing polygamy revelations I ask, are you Christian? Because if you are then you believe that God at one time commanded his people to abstain from eating pork, to worship on Saturday, to offer animal sacrifices, etc etc, and then he reversed all that a few thousand years in. "Strange that God got that mixed up?" Of course not. Different commandments for people in different times under different circumstances. Of course many of us, myself included, don't believe that polygamy was divinely inspired in the first place.

    And you should be aware that Mormons are strongly encouraged to find out for themselves whether the doctrines of the church, and the individual admonishments of church leaders are true. We are told to pray about the words of the prophets, compare them to our own understanding of the gospel, and follow what we feel is right. Church leaders are considered inspired but they are always recognized to be fallible human beings. They have certainly been wrong in the past and will likely be wrong in the future. You may have met some Mormons who choose to follow their church leaders without much questioning (just as many mainstream Christians follow their ministers unquestioningly) but many of us are just as self-reflective, skeptical, and independent as the next person.

    And your question at the end is just fear mongering. The church's revelations are always about either how church members should conduct their personal lives, or about how the church deals with church members. A principle tenant of our religion (its one of our "Articles of Faith") is that we should not interfere with anyone else's right to practice their beliefs (or non-belief) as long as they don't conflict with the laws of the land. And our scriptures (its in the Doctrine and Covenants) clearly state that church and state should be separate, and it specifically says that no religious beliefs should be encouraged or promoted by the state above any other. So in short, Romney would never face a situation where a revelation from Mormon church leaders would alter how he performed his duties as president.

    So don't let your limited understanding of Mormonism dissuade you from voting for Romney. Let his flip-flopping, lack of foreign policy experience, and blatant republicanism dissuade you.

    October 22, 2007 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  10. Tracey, Fridley Mn

    ronnie – knoxville ,tn

    Hey Ronnnie

    Re-read my post. It's an unjust war in Iraq. Apparently you never got the memo. No WMD, remember? If it was necessary and with the bible's blessing, I'm sure America wouldn't be so divided. That's the reason why your buddy Bush should of taken it to the Congress first, so we were all on board. Twisting justification from excerpts won't replace that aching feeling in your gut that this was about getting the oil.

    The fight against "evil" was supposed to be in Afghanistan. I agree with that one. The other one was against a country that happened to be sitting on a ton of oil.

    And one more thing, I got a hunch Jesus would frown on waterboarding too.

    Now you have the memo.

    October 22, 2007 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  11. Leonard Detroit, MI

    JGM, as Ryan just stated, Larry Craig is a Methodist, not a Mormon. There are creeps in every religion.

    And John, why is it that those who fear a religion claim we are all brainwashed? I'm not a Mormon, but the argument that relgious people are brainwashed is ridiculous. Mormons are a part of society who interact with people of all races, religions and beliefs daily, and they are not in seclusion where they are not exposed to other ideas. Saying relgious people are brainwashed is no different than saying anyone is else is brainwashed because they have parents, teachers, etc. who instill beliefs in them.

    October 22, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Herb, Pittsburgh, PA

    How about the Mountain Meadows Massacre? No doubt, the Mormons are a scary cult. I do not want one for President.

    October 22, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. AmusedObserver, Atlanta, GA

    To ronnie – knoxville ,tn

    I am sorry to be the wet rag here but at least when you quote from the bible, do it right. In every version of the bible – the Commandment is Thou Shalt not kill. The bible does not make any distinction between the two. Agin, I am sorry to challenge you misinformed assertions.

    October 22, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Sammy

    Hippety Hop-Flip Flop!! Another pro-war candidate

    October 22, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. Christian Voter, Orlando, Fl

    People can say that Romney or Huckabee or whoever they want won the straw poll but the fact remains, Ron Paul is the true conservative running for office. How can Huckabee be a Christian if he supports the Iraq war? It is an unjust and unconstitutional war and has resulted in the deaths of many innocent people. That does not seem Christian like to me.

    October 23, 2007 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
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