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. Proturbed

    This should be the leading political story. It is really unimportant whether or not Mitt Romney believes the word of god was dictated from stone tablets read out of a top hat. It is even less important that a preacher who happens to support Perry called Romney's religon a cult. This article should be the leading article for your politics section!

    October 8, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Erik

    He is too old, he will never win against current President Obama. Actually never mind, Obama will win 2012, the GOP field is ridiculous.

    October 8, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Colby

    Actually surprised to see they didn't thrown in a "but these polls don't matter" or a "but this poll isn't a true reflection" or some marginalization. His ideas and support keep growing and spreading across the country.

    October 8, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. US GOVERNMENT

    How is it that the front runners came in fourth and sixth places...maybe they were never front runners in the first place.

    October 8, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. jane

    Notice how everyone but Perry and Romney is winning the straw poll but the media picks them as front-runners.....Yeah Right!

    October 8, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Mark

    Ron Paul is a big winner in this poll by a large margin and give this 4th place on the list of stories. How about covering more about this individual candidates? Oh, right. CNN has already selected the candidates that should be allowed in the election and will not cover all of their positions. Paul is clearly lacking in flipping positions and controversy. He has been honest and consistent for many years. Too bad that the editorial staff of CNN cannot do the same.

    October 8, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. DreWhite

    The revolution begins!! This is THE LAST CHANCE for this Republic. For thirty years this man has been preaching the same message, and now the economy is starting to implode just as he predicted.

    October 8, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. ei8htx

    He won a nothing poll. When he makes 3rd or better in a state primary poll I might pay attention.

    October 8, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. eddie2010

    If you listen to this guy he actually makes sense. Problem is that he's too smart for most people. I wish he could dumb it down a little and inject more "fire and brimstone" into the way he speaks so that the proletariat could get convinced too.

    October 8, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Scott

    Wow... did CNN finally get enough blow back about ignoring Ron Paul that they might actually start reporting news?? Thank you CNN.... now, continue to do it, and not just use this as a one-time excuse to say "We are unbiased!"

    October 8, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. sparknut

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

    Stuffing the ballot box?

    October 8, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. JJ

    I'm surprised this is getting coverage being that it goes against the script.

    October 8, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Mary

    Ron paul is joke and so is perry anything Texas is a joke

    October 8, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. George

    Finally some actual journalistic reporting. Just keep to the facts CNN.

    October 8, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. kramses86k

    Of course Ron Paul Won! But as we all know, the media wont spent to much time acknowledging that fact.

    October 8, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Jeremy Townsend

    Forget creating new jobs. Bring back the old technical jobs back from overseas. There have been millions of technical jobs moved to China, India and Vietnam to allow all the major corporations to charge $150 an hour for a technician that is make 10-20. Pull all those jobs back and you will seed the economy and help feed America. To make matters worse, all the money those technicians are making is being spent overseas and boosting those economies. We need to pass a bill that punishes corporations that send high paying jobs offshore and rewards those companies that retain their jobs in America.

    October 8, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. fgafgdg

    and this is all the media coverage he will get in spite of being more popular than the other so called candidates. thanks media for setting us up for even more failure.

    October 8, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Ha, ha! It is so much fun watching the GOP destroy itself like this. Not one of these clowns has a hope of defeating President Obama. The Tea Party is the death of the GOP, and that is making all us Democrats very happy. Obama/Biden 2012!

    October 8, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Jack

    Another Billionaire that doesn't get it....Oh I forgot, he already has most of it and doesn't care about the rest of us.

    October 8, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Love4tony_danza

    Ron Paul is a blame America First jerk like odumbo and the Demoncrap party. I can't believe he won at a Christian meeting. He is proMoslem and anti American anti troops like the Obummer evil far left president.

    October 8, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. LA

    How does Bloomberg take an obvious situation where the American Public is being screwed by the Elite and turn it around to say it is against the working people. The protests are obviously against the banks that are trying to destroy the middle class in America

    October 8, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. jt35

    How many people attended this event? Paul got 732 votes with 600 people only registering for the day of the vote? People may have to work during the week, but that is ridiculously obviously planned. Rah rah Paul 2012! Not. So Cain, the black guy with no spine who caved when Limbaugh and the right lambasted him for saying patronizing a place known as N–rock is insensitive, won another straw poll? Wow. Well, he should sell some books and follow the Palin model. Cater to the sheep and then fleece them before they realize you're only in it for the money and the fame.

    October 8, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Herne

    CNN finally waking up some?
    Ron Paul or Revolution!

    October 8, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. supernat

    Ron Paul, you will be remembered bye the people for centuries. Fighting for liberty, you are a true american hero. 12th term as congressman you have the creditials, you have the voice."Im just happy the universe created a mind like yours." I hope that you win, and if not it sure is a valiant effort, thanx.

    October 8, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Jean Sartre

    It is always nice to win something... even if it doesn't mean a damn thing in the long run.

    October 8, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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