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. Thinker

    Defending everyone's beliefs; way to go Ron! Individual liberty is contagious!

    October 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. clarke

    Don't settle, period. I feel these straw polls to be silly.

    October 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. oakhill3

    I'm amazed the media is publishing Ron Paul's win – they usually ignore him consistently. I've got my own personal bet going as to who drops the article first – CNN or Fox. Makes me wonder who the people are that the national polls are tapping, because none of the straw polls line up with the national polls. (Ron Paul has won all but one straw poll, and in that one he took a very close second.) I know a lot of people who started listening very closely to Paul in the past few months, and have gone out and bought his books so they can thoroughly understand where he is coming from. To a man, all have found his views to make absolute sense (the media always distorts what he says or takes it out of context) and a good number of these people were Obama supporters last time around. Ought to be an interesting primary.

    October 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. oakhill3

    I'm amazed the media is publishing Ron Paul's win – they usually ignore him consistently. I've got my own personal bet going as to who drops the article first – CNN or Fox. Makes me wonder who the people are that the national polls are polling, because none of the straw polls line up with the national polls. (Ron Paul has won all but one straw poll, and in that one he took a very close second.) I know a lot of people who started listening very closely to Paul in the past few months, and have gone out and bought his books so they can thoroughly understand where he is coming from. To a man, all have found his views to make absolute sense (the media always distorts what he says or takes it out of context) and a good number of these people were O b a m a supporters last time around. Ought to be an interesting primary.

    October 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. oakhill3

    Let me try this again. Don't know what word in here is requiring "moderation".
    I'm amazed the media is publishing Ron Paul's win – they usually i g n o r e him. I've got my own b e t going as to who pulls the article first – C N N or F o x. Makes me wonder who the people are that the national polls are polling, because none of the straw polls line up with the national polls. (Ron Paul has won all but one straw poll, and in that one he took a very close second.) I know a lot of people who started listening very closely to Paul in the past few months, and have gone out and bought his books so they can thoroughly understand where he is coming from. To a man, all have found his views to make absolute sense (the media always distorts what he says or takes it out of context) and a good number of these people were O b a m a supporters last time around. Ought to be an interesting primary.

    October 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. oakhill3

    OK. I give up. CNN won't let me say anything without being censored, and there isn't one bad word or comment in there.

    October 8, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Kevin Cannell

    Ron Paul 2012!!!!

    October 8, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Michael in VA

    Why are these straw poll results so consistently inconsistent? It seems that every GOP candidate has won at least one. That said, I would be interested to see how Rep. Paul would do in a head-to-head poll vs. Obama. He's the only one of them I would choose over Obama.

    October 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. PR

    Value Voters....what a crock of sh!t. These people lie, cheat, drink and pass themselves off as god chosen few. Most of them are the biggest HYPOCRITES! The don't have any values, they are full of sh!t.

    October 8, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Alex

    Right on Ron Paul!!!!

    October 8, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Scott Miller

    Hey CNN, why aren't you participating in the media blackout of this mad man? Everyone knows he is unelectable. He is actually a principled politician that believes in ending our imperial wars, rolling back our creeping police state, ending the unaccountable federal reserve, and following the rule of law. WHAT A NUT!

    October 8, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. madcow11

    This Ron Paul is a total crackpot and disgrace to America. Sure, he is sincere, but his ideas would do nothing but destroy everything that we value. Hopefully, he will be finally voted out next time around so that we don't have to have his nonsense influencing political decisions. I just hope he finds some deserted island somewhere where he can spend the rest of his life partying with fellow Libertarians.

    October 8, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Charles

    Can't argue with REASON.

    October 8, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Erick

    Ron Paul winning polls after polls like a boss

    October 8, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Nick

    Ron Paul is a front runner. The mainstrem media is bought off by the elite wealthy who want their cronies in powerful positions in government so they can promote their own agenda that does not include good hard working Americans. And if I am wrong about this, then why doesn't the media talk about Herman Cains position he held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Rick Perry's vote for Jimmy Carter, he also was Al Gores Campaign Manager, and now is a proven racist. As for Romney, he seems somewhat sane but use to be a Democrat too and cannot be trusted. Paul is the only true conservative here and has the voting record to substantiate that claim. Bachmann has no experience. We tried that with Obama and you can see where that is getting us.

    October 8, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Lee

    Wow this is working its way off the front page already. If it was any other candidate, it would be the front-page. Why is CNN terrified of Ron Paul?

    October 8, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. HiroAkita

    Awesome – I hope Americans see through the smoke and mirrors and elect someone who can make a difference, I sincerly think that person is Ron Paul.

    Good luck Ron – From Canada.

    October 8, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. zeds

    voted for hope and change in 2008 and was lied to again. my final vote will be ron paul 2012. after that its no more voting. i pray we are not to late.

    October 8, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. livingston

    I wouldn't consider that much of a recommendation. Considering what has come out of that 'summit' I would think that he would want to distance himself as far away from those loony tunes as possible.

    October 8, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Steven McTigue

    He has won nearly every straw poll and still gets no recognition from the media. This has to stop! Give this man his opportunity to restore this country to what it could be. Economical collapse is in our near future and yet a man who is clearly favored by the people is continuously ignored. This country will not make any positive strides until we stop playing this pity party crap and actually take a look what he is saying. RON PAUL 2012.

    October 8, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Alan

    And Republicans wonder why independents are reluctant to vote for their presidential candidates. How about a Rick Perry / Sara Palin ticket, aka dumb and dumber. But at least they fit what the religious right is looking for...

    October 8, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Steven McTigue

    NOT TO MENTION: This article is about Ron Paul! And still he isn't even talked about in half of it. How are you people not seeing this?

    October 8, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Proturbed

    Seriously CNN? You give so much in-depth coverage of other candidates campaigns when they win a straw poll. See your own coverage of Cain when he won the Florida straw poll. Ron Paul has won more straw polls than any other candidate. Now Ron Paul has won another straw poll and you spent 5 of the 8 sentences written in this article talking about other candidates. Come on, look at the facts, people are ready for real substantive change and they see Ron Paul as their candidate.

    October 8, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Tom

    The west region of USA has only moderate republicans so I would only expect more moderates to win.

    October 8, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. votingbloc

    Herman Cain, 2012

    October 8, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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