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. Dp

    You always gotta' throw that "however" in, don't you? That's pretty normal for conferences for some to only be able to show up on Saturday, you don't have to try to imply those registrations were just to participate in the straw poll to vote for Ron Paul unless you want to mislead people. I guess we should be impressed CNN reports on the victory at all, but it would be nice if it were just about reporting.

    October 9, 2011 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  2. V.Dare

    America rise to the occassion ! We must restore our democracy. 1%ers and politicians must be brought to bear and jailed if found guilty. They are truely crimminals and treasonous.

    October 9, 2011 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    700 votes from 600 people. Straw candidate can't make it to wingnut flavor of the week.

    October 9, 2011 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Okay – keep busing in your voters and it will prove nothing in the end. Look at Michele Backmann!!

    October 9, 2011 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  5. HIH

    Amazing how the media down plays this man's views and how many agree with him.

    October 9, 2011 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  6. LDrider

    Anyone who considers Ron Paul as a viable Presidential cannidate is either an extremely uninformed person or they want America to be the laughing stock of the world. The man reminds me of one of those staright faced comics whose views are so simplistic that they are fun to listen to, But I would not want a simple minded comic, who takes himself seriously to be President.

    October 9, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  7. Cybersport

    Paul is a right-wing extremeist with no chance to be elected. He is totally out of touch with the issues most Americans face

    October 9, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  8. BD70

    Values Voter Summit ...catchy name...for a small snapshot of who likes who.

    October 9, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  9. Me3

    Stupid people. Truely stupid people.

    October 9, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  10. atc333

    Mr. Paul is still off the wall. Too extreme, with no solutions so desperately needed in today's economy.

    October 9, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. NameG E Campbell

    greart for ron paul and america. he is a strong leader and right for the job. we need his economic proposals to save our country at this time.

    October 9, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. Mike

    Real Hope. Real Change. Ron Paul 2012!!

    October 9, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  13. Enigma

    Ron Paul can be one of the smartest people around, that is until he says something stupid like it's wrong to kill terrorists without a trial. He'll never be President with such statements as that.

    October 9, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  14. Tony in Maine

    Ah yes, yet another Straw Man in search of a brain.

    Ron Paul is living in his own wallet. I know the Beltway Bobbleheads love him because they think he's genuine, but make him a poor country doctor settling for a $5 for an office visit by an even poorer patient and suddenly all his libertarian ideals would be replaced by a belief in a compassionate community. Then, his "Let him die" sycophants would rush off in search of someone else to spew BS.

    October 9, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  15. Severinus

    He only won because David Duke isn't running this year.

    October 9, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  16. Tony

    If you are not rich, and Republicans are in charge, the only things you get to keep are your values. Everything else goes to the rich.

    October 9, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  17. T-Luv

    Ron Paul 2012 its time for real change

    October 9, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  18. Alicia Mosby

    Wow, so the supposed front runners didn't get 1st and 2nd? Well then, the underdogs must have cheated! Herman Cain and Ron Paul are the in the lead because that is where the people want them. Keep watching and I think you'll see that this is not a fluke, but a rising trend, for American voters. The more Right and Left wingers push them aside, the more notice Independents will give them.

    October 9, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. Peter

    It appears as if the author is dismissing Ron Paul's huge win. You had to be a participant to vote, I should know, I was one. Just because most of us had jobs to go to on Friday doesn't make us any less committed to the principles of the Values Voters Summit. How many victories does it take for him to be respected by the media and the establishment?

    October 9, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  20. diridi

    his ideology is totally a communist ideology, ...o.k,

    October 9, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  21. j

    If you're not happy with Obama's performance, and don't want to vote for an anti-science religious nutjob, Ron Paul is the only choice.

    He wants to end the wasteful wars, stop our pointless and deadly drug war fueled by drug prohibition, and get the government out of your personal life.

    October 9, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  22. reflanary

    Wait a minute. Aren't Ayn Rand libertarians Atheists?

    October 9, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  23. boyamidumb

    Just reading his book and it's good to see a candidate who actually has the courage to state his views. I may not agree with all of them. He offers his views in this book, but not solutions, but he is at least standing up and not playing to the crowd just to get the job. Bravo Mr. Paul. Maybe a few others will follow your example – but I doubt it.

    Now, let's see what you have to offer as solutions and more importantly, how you plan on getting them from the drawing board to reality.

    "The revolution will not be televised." Gil Scott Heron

    October 9, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  24. NoTags

    Sounds like they were using Diebold machines to count the votes. 600 registered attendees, but Ron Paul got 732 votes.
    Someday people will realize the winners of these "straw polls" means nothing to who actually gets the nomination.

    October 9, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. James

    Unfortunately, Ron Paul will never win the presidency because Americans detest honest people and love to vote for morons. Haha!

    October 9, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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