(CNN) – With 24 percent of the vote, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence was the winner Saturday of the fifth annual Values Voter straw poll, an early test of where a string of potential 2012 presidential candidates stand among socially conservative voters.
Runner-up was former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (22 percent), the winner of the same poll last year. In third place was former Massachusetts governor and White House hopeful Mitt Romney (13 percent), while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich placed fourth (10 percent).
Sarah Palin, who did not attend this year’s convention, placed fifth (7 percent).
“What is fascinating about these results is that it reflects what has been happening in primaries across the country,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who announced the results.
The vote came after a two-day conference in Washington, during which a veritable "who's who" of rising Republican stars and possible White House contenders made appearances.