February 10th, 2011
01:07 PM ET
4 years ago

CPAC Straw Poll features 15 potential 2012 candidates

Washington (CNN) - Fifteen Republicans are on this year's Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll ballot, including one Republican's consider a rock star, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – who says he has no interest in running.

Balloting will be open to the 11,000 conference-goers until Friday evening and the results will be revealed at conclusion of the three-day gathering on Saturday.

The candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former talk show host Herman Cain, Christie, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

The ballot also leaves space for a write-in candidate.

Write-in efforts are being organized at the conference in support of several dark horse candidates, including real estate mogul Donald Trump and the gun-toting former Alabama Agricultural Commissioner candidate Dale Peterson, whose quirky campaign ad became a YouTube hit in 2010.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. ReFascistican

    That looks like a list of LOSERS. 15 candidates and I don't see one that is a good alternative to the President. NOT ONE!!! You ReFascisticans better start over from the drawing board.

    February 10, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Don

    None of which can win a general election.

    February 10, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What a bunch of knuckle dragging neanderthals.

    February 10, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Sanity Please

    And all 15 wannabes will lose to Obama in 2012.

    Barbour, Bachmann, Trump, Gingrich, Palin? Are those people crazy or are they just looking for their name in the news? LOL.

    February 10, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Gabriel Bisson

    The day Sarah Palin is going to occupy any political position is gonna be a sad sad day for the world... My little sister knows more about politics and about the world than this woman..

    February 10, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. PalmReader

    "The ballot also leaves space for a write-in candidate."

    Never can have too many candidates to pick and choose from, yes GOPers? Keeps the party division going strong. The actual Presidential ballot leaves space for write-in candidates also. Wonder how many voters write-in Palin's name whether she chooses to run or not? Or Huckabee. Or Romney. Or Pawleny. Or Bachmann. (and so on)

    February 10, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Daniels/Gingrich 2012

    February 10, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    A list of 15 idiots and bimbos!

    February 10, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The only job I see posted here are for those running for president after voters gave them a job to work for them.

    February 10, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP primary will be a fiasco, as they all see Obama as an easy knock-off.

    February 10, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Marcus

    15 names? Can they at least says something different (one from the other) so that it does not seems 15 parrots 'saying' the same stuff over and over again?

    February 10, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. pw

    Who governor chrisite think he is? Tony soprano

    February 10, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    [The candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are:]

    I guess they're too afraid to list them by order of priority or numbers!!! That would put Sarah Palin at the top and set the stage for LOSING!!!

    February 10, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |