October 21st, 2007
08:35 AM ET
4 years 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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- CNN Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    I got real news. Obama raised $2.1 million over the last three days. He can and will win the white house.

    October 20, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. MS Johnson City, TN

    When Ron Paul wins an online poll, media brushes it off as the actions of few eccentric Ron Paul supporters who have nothing better to do but to click the keyboards of their computers or push the buttons on their cell phones. However, Romney makes news.

    I am waiting for Tsunami Tuesday!

    October 20, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    wow a whole 5,775 votes? Is this supposed to be the pulse of America?

    October 20, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Otis, Whitefish MT

    The ultra-self rightous neocons are too fragmented and not paying attention to the real issues that most people really care about.
    Hillary will surely win.

    October 20, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Manuel, woodbridge, VA

    Ron Paul gets my vote! Go watch the whole thing on You tube and really listen to all the candidates and how much they truly care about what affects all Americans. Ron Paul is dialed in right to the pulse of what is going on in America.

    October 20, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Cheryl Ohio

    Straw polls mean squat! What counts is real live votes in the Primaries around the country.

    October 20, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Otis

    Ron Paul appears to be a fine person, but the reality is that the voters are the problem for the Republican Party. They are too fragmented because belief-based policies are by definition, not objective. Policies formed by belief rather than objective reality can never, never form the basis for general harmony within society without also sacrificing basic freedoms. We'll have a revolution before that happens.

    October 20, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Contrary to what Mitt would have us believe, winning a conservative straw poll means less than nothing to most voters today.

    Bush and his conservative cronies have screwed this country up so bad it isn't funny. So why in the world would we want another conservative in the White House?

    Being a liberal is nothing to crow about either.

    Get with the program, moderates are the only hope we have left.

    October 20, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Brian, Sandy UT

    If you think Mormon's are freaks because of something you read, you probably don't have the right source. Anyone can say anything about anyone, go to the source if you want to learn about something. I'm not going to ask a jew what the catholics believe, I'm going to ask a Catholic! Do the same about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and stop your bigotry! learn from http://www.mormon.org

    October 20, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. ne,pa

    What a farce!

    October 20, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Ben

    Would anyone buy a used care from this man?

    October 20, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    These "Values Voters" are the same idiots that gave us Bush! UH!I am a Christian and Jesus is my savior but I believe in the seperation of Church and State. Religion and politics are a lethal combination!! I will vote Democrat!

    October 20, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. matt, goshen indiana

    I don't understand why everyone hates mormons! This is ridiculous. I am LDS. We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe he lived and died for our sins. He bled out of every pore and died on the cross for us. We do not practice polygamy! If somesone claims to be mormon and does. They aren't. We believe in preserving life. Abortion is wrong. We believe in marriage only between A MAN AND A WOMAN. We beleive in The Holy Bible and it to be true. How are we not Christians? The name of our church is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. Jesus Christ is at the center of our thoughts and is who we worship. We do not worship gods upon gods as others think. We do everything that normal christians do. I do not bash other religions and ask others to do their research before they do bashing themselves. We believe all men are free to worship where or how they may. Please provide us the same respect. We are Christians.

    October 20, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. Anonymous, VA, USA

    Romney is a liar ... and a thief!

    October 20, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. Sam, IA

    This is rich. From the kneejerk liberal 4 years ago to the darling of the right. A chauhuahua could herd these sheep.

    October 21, 2007 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  16. Terry, El Paso, TX

    A person's religion has little to do with what kind of person he or she is. There are Mormons as good as the best Catholics and Protestants. There are Mormons as bad as the worst Catholics and Protestants. The best athieist are as good as the best of the faithful, and the worst atheists (think Stalin) are as bad as anybody. Mostly, we inherit our religions without much thought, accepting the beliefs as natural. This is why Catholic parents have mostly Catholic children, Sunni parents have mostly Sunni children, and most people in Dallas support the Dallas Cowboys.

    Most of the disputes among the faithful – regardless of the name of the faith – are really obscure theological teapot tempests over the names of the various deities, the books that are to be considered holy, and the correct chants to be said in religious ceremonies: spats over theological etiquette and nothing real. The religions of the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are particularly fixated on the issues of female virginity, female sexuality, pregnancy, and female dress, which has caused humanity – particularly female humanity – untold grief over the millenia.

    In terms of how the next President will affect our culture and our lives, the goal of Conservatism is to increase the prosperity of the rich – especially the very rich – and the increased indifference to the welfare of the middle class. The poor are of absolutely no consequence to the Conservative mentality.

    So, it doesn't really matter what church a Conservative attends. The church that a Conservative attends does not affect his (there are no female Conservative Presidential candidates) beliefs. To the Conservative, it is all about income: more for us and less for the rest of you.

    October 21, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    "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."

    Xuan Thai – you got that wrong! There were thousands at the event, and long voting lines. Many of the attendees voted online with their laptops or through the online service at their hotel.

    No one expected Romney to win the straw poll, that is Huckabee's home turf, and you know what he said in his speech?

    That not voting for him was voting against "The Faith". He applied the religious test, and that's going to backfire on him and further alienate him from the fiscal conservatives, the defense conservatives and the less religious moderates....

    Huckabee is the most popular among the religious conservative crowd, but not electable because of his lack of appeal EVERYWHERE else.

    October 21, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Whoops sorry, HUCKABEE applied the religious test, not Romney.

    You guys who keep trying to stress the votes "on site" are trying to imply that attendees all voted manually. That is false information. There were many attendees that voted online.

    October 21, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. Karen,nj

    "CHI" huahua..(sp. err.) I am a liberal which means I am not narrow minded. I am happy to be able to hear everyone out, but in the end I will decide for myself. If I disagree with you I will tell you so, if I agree I will go along with you. It makes life very simple.

    October 21, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. Dan, Cambridge, MA


    October 21, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. GF, Columbia SC

    So many of you complain that Romney won because of email blasts. If Huckabee can't get his act together enough to compete through a TOTALLY FREE medium, then he $u@ks as a candidate and cannot compete.

    Romney is a good man with the right philosophy and skills, even if you disagree with his religion. Remember, Reagan was basically non-religous.

    October 21, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    You want to talk about skewing the vote?

    The Value Voters on site polls were closed after Romney's speech and opened back up after Huckabee's speech the next day.

    That means that those who came to listen and support Huckabee were able to vote "on site" and those who came to listen and support Romney were not able to.

    October 21, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. LifeLover, Atlanta, Georgia

    Catherine - stay out of the sack or use birth control and we wouldn't have to 'get into your womb' to protect an innocent life!

    October 21, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Reason enough to dispise the man. With people like that on your side, who needs nazi's?

    October 21, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Jane, Prosperity SC

    The Mainstream Media and other Republicans ignore Ron Paul's supporters at their peril. We are the best hope for saving the Republican Party from certain defeat and perhaps permanent irrelevance.

    October 21, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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