(CNN) – Despite the increased spotlight on Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is flirting with a possible presidential candidacy, he will not be on the straw poll ballot at a major gathering of Republicans in New Orleans this weekend.
Perry, who recently said he is thinking about a run for the White House, will speak Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference, just a few hours before results of the GOP presidential nomination straw poll are announced.
A number of 2012 presidential contenders, however, are listed in the straw poll. On the ballot are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain. All are either declared candidates or have announced they will declare their candidacy later this month.
Also on the ballot is Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has said she's contemplating a bid for the White House, but has not taken any concrete steps to form a campaign. And Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, who's also thinking of making a run for the GOP nomination, is on the ballot. Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who has taken steps towards a campaign but has not declared, is also included.
But Perry and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who's considering making a second bid for the White House, will not be included.
RLC2011 President and CEO Charlie Davis tells CNN that it was the decision of organizers of the event, which was put together by some of the same people who were behind last year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference (which was held in the same hotel), to not include Perry and Giuliani.
The approximately two thousand delegates from 38 states who are attending the gathering are eligible to vote in person Friday and Saturday, with results being released late Saturday afternoon.
In last year's straw poll, Romney edged Paul by a single vote to win.
Paul is also speaking at the conference this year, as is Gingrich, Bachmann, Cain, Santorum, and Huntsman.
Even though Perry and Giuliani are not on the ballot, delegates are allowed to vote for them as write in candidates.
Davis tells CNN that the straw poll results should be a good indicator of how GOP activists and donors feel about the race for their party's presidential nomination.
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