Ron Paul wins Values Voter straw poll
October 8th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Ron Paul wins Values Voter straw poll

Washington (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul secured yet another straw poll victory Saturday.

The Texas congressman won 37% of the poll at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, sponsored by the Family Research Council, a social conservative group.

However, not all of those who voted for Paul in the straw poll were necessarily participants in the summit. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said 600 attendees registered just for Saturday. Paul ended up winning with 732 votes.

Paul has won a handful of straw polls this year, including contests held in California and South Carolina, in addition to a straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

Coming in second on Saturday, rising GOP candidate and Georgia businessman Herman Cain took 23% of the vote. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum came in third with 16%.

Two front-runners, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Perry garnered 8% of the vote, while Romney had 4%.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who touts herself as a strong social conservative and won the much-watched Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, came in fifth, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took seventh place.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Also see:

Perry on pastor's Mormonism remark: 'I don't think it is' a cult

Conservative pastor on Romney: Don't vote for a Mormon


Don't settle for a moderate, Bachmann urges voters


Romney jabs controversial speaker at Values Voter Summit


Santorum takes aim at Cain, introduces '0-0-0 plan'

Cain relishes 'top tier' status in speech

Gingrich talks judiciary, jabs front-runners on polls


Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • Values Voter Summit
soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. Jamie D.

    Wow CNN, what a surprise, trying to suggest somehow the vote was rigged. It wasn't a free for all, where anybody could walk in off the streets and vote. Could it be that the American people (who had tickets to the event) are tired of these establishment puppets, and didn't care to stick around to hear their pandering and talking points? We're sick of the establishment, Ron Paul is the ONLY honest candidate. But, it's cheating for Americans to get out, and vote for their candidate...wait, that's what elections are, so in all elections the winner is cheating because his/her supporters 'stuff the ballots'? Or just when Dr. Paul wins?....Ron Paul 2012! Get used to saying 'President Ron Paul'.

    October 9, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  2. sameeker

    "values voters" sounds like the "moral majority". Remember Charles Keating and that bunch?

    October 9, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  3. Joseph Forte Jr

    WOW, Main Street News Coverage of Ron Paul? I'm shocked.. I guess you can't completely black out a win.. A second place finish, absolutely, but not first place. Lol.. Ron Paul 2012

    October 9, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  4. Hokiehi

    As per vernacular: god i hope he wins!!!!!!!!SOOOOO BADLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    RON PAUL 2012!!

    October 9, 2011 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  5. Clifton T

    Ron Paul 2012!!! You can't argue with the value of freedom!

    October 9, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  6. Mike

    Ron Paul wins straw poll after straw poll and STILL CNN and other news sources never mention him and when then do they talk as if he is some 2nd tier candidate. Yet Cain who was a second tier candidate wins one straw poll and now is a top 3 front runner according to CNN? He has been mentioned over and over since winning it yet CNN pretends Ron Paul does not exist. Any article they do on all of the candidates he gets a brief mention and that is it. It is like they cannot demonize him like last election because he ended up right on so much about the economy things he predicted years before it happened, so the new tactic is media black out.

    Our current system is BROKEN, look at how bad it is. So what candidate is most likely to shake it up? The easy answer is Ron Paul. The rest will just fall in line and answer to the status quo just like the "savior" Obama did. There is no quick and easy way out of this economic mess. Ron Paul knows this and says it, the others pretend they can fix it over night and in a year we will all be fine.

    CNN along with all the other networks your treatment of Ron Paul is disgusting. Agree with him or not he is a front runner top tier candidate who deserves the same treatment the others get. I wonder how well he would do if he got mentioned like Rick Perry who did what for all of his headlines when he entered the race?

    October 9, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  7. kat

    Come on people, do you really take this guy seriously? I see a Perot in your future. Wake up! $$ goes real far when someone wants to trick you.

    October 9, 2011 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  8. CNN Fail

    Always a caveat in CNN's reporting on Paul. He won, but you know, he always wins these things....

    October 9, 2011 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  9. Violet

    Ron Paul for the win!

    October 9, 2011 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  10. Absolutionis

    I still don't get it. Why do major media outlets still not care about this guy?

    October 9, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  11. jason

    Wha Wha a ron paul story on the front page of cnn.com who dropped the ball on this one.... lmfao go ron go our only hope people

    October 9, 2011 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  12. Joe citizen abroad

    I think Ron Paul is an honest man. But it's a sad day in our history when the thing that sets you apart is honesty. Because that's not the only qualification for the job. And not even the most important one.

    October 9, 2011 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  13. Lucas

    Wow. CNN actually put Ron Paul's face on one of their pages

    I am shocked and impressed.

    October 9, 2011 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  14. yie

    "However, not all of those who voted for Paul in the straw poll were necessarily participants in the summit."

    Suppose that workers are unable to attend the summit on Thursday or Friday, so 600 register on Saturday. In a separate event, after Ron Paul speaks, his supporters leave, 732 voters. Tony Perkins cannot possibly match each face and name that registered on Saturday with each face and name that walked out after Paul's speech. His error is thinking that these were the same people.

    Because it's such an obvious error, it's poor reporting for CNN to acknowledge it as an "appeal to authority" in order to second guess the outcome of the straw poll.

    October 9, 2011 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  15. Rob

    Hey big surprise the schills @ CNN pandering the polls to their overlords... when someone is a frontrunner and absolutely plowed in a poll how can you think we take that seriously. Roughly 2000 votes were received... 732 for Ron Paul about 160 and 80 for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, I'll even throw in Alice in Wonderland and its still basically a blowout.... How can you possibly spin them as being front runners when they get quadrupled up on? If this was sports, we would be demanding someone gets fired, or they retire, I prefer the latter.

    October 9, 2011 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  16. JoeyATL

    Herman Cain is like Ron Paul without the crazy.

    October 9, 2011 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  17. gingerbread

    there we be a modern day revolution. Americans are fed up with the government. social security disability SSA, cant afford to give a cost of living adjustment, but millions of dollars will be available for illegal aliens to go to our colleges. the system is screwed up and it will take decades to pull us all out of this mess.

    October 9, 2011 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  18. Lizitiz

    ALL candidates rally supporters for a straw poll vote–Ron Paul just "out-rallies" the rest! Typical mainstream media not giving Ron Paul credit for his "handful" of straw poll victories–If it had been Cain, Perry or Romney, it would have been plastered on the headlines–O, wait, Romney WAS in the headlines,,,foe exchanging a few words about his Mormon faith. Really, CNN, this is getting pathetic. The establishment must be running scared now....

    October 9, 2011 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  19. Hasib

    So CNN will never praise Ron Paul even if the American people elect this right person as their leader

    October 9, 2011 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  20. ctrlfreq

    who cares? do these hardest of the right nutjobs really matter? who cares what the extremists have to say?

    October 9, 2011 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  21. flarnkingsgargle

    Ron Paul 2012! He has great ideas, he just needs to be in a position to order bureaucracy to implement them.

    October 9, 2011 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  22. anonoped

    My apologies. it looks like Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough wrote the article. I would suggest you have them take their names off of the article. Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough are practicing yellow journalism here (imo) and the US Government may deem them a threat. If so, Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough could be assassinated at any time by the US Government. Be careful. Hopefully Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough try to do actual reporting and won't be assassinated.

    October 9, 2011 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  23. Rational Americans

    Hmm.. I like Cain, but Paul is a close second. If they team up, they'll win for sure.

    October 9, 2011 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  24. Jim

    37%?........he should of had 100%.....lol

    October 9, 2011 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  25. Briggs

    The People are starting to wake up and Voting for the right person, DR. Ron Paul has worked for the working class and hopes to help us come our of this stalemate by stopping war involvement and Globalism as well as auditing the FED and even getting rid of it. Herman Cain Worked for the Kansas City FED, Bachmann worked for the IRS, Romney Is a Millionaire worth 250Mill that wrote the example used for Obama Care, Perry is a More Government Forced Inoculations. Its hard to give up power when asked to, now ask Government to give up their powers to the people.

    October 9, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
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