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. Stephen

    Once again Ron Paul shows he is soundly top tier along with Romney and whoever the media darling of the month is (was Perry, now Cain).

    October 8, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. supernat

    sorry im a bad speller

    October 8, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. J Stevens

    Has he earned "top tier status" yet? I think he's won a few of these polls already. Show him some respect.

    October 8, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. LarryDavidSandwich

    100% behind this man. Paul 2012.

    October 8, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. garrett4538

    Thats crap you guys are just mad because people are going for the candidate that will be easily defeated by Obama. Any good that Ron does you guys only talk for like seconds about it then throw in some erroneous info about new voters in the poll and Romney and Perry being front runners. Give me a break. I dont know why i even come to this website anymore its all BS with a slant. Plus this comment probably wont even make it through the moderation because you guys are scared of the awaking masses.

    October 8, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. OH Interesting

    Let me be the first to congratulate.... the GOP for its rich choice of many many straw candidates, except republican voters don't like any of them or can't make up their minds. Either way, there is not much substance to base their 2012 campaign on. Maybe that's good for the country.

    October 8, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Wildone

    A huge mistake would be to count Ron Paul out of the running. His base is growing and people would be wise to start paying attention to him.

    October 8, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Troy

    Congrats to Ron Paul for the victory here. Just goes to show that if the two "front-runners" beat themselves to a pulp, Ron Paul should have no problem in pulling ahead in the nat'l polls if not the primaries.

    October 8, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Cher

    When are we going to have some unbiased reporting in ANY media forum ? The article claims : 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%. Now , how are the two media-declared fron runners really the front runners when Ron Paul has won MOST of the straw polls this year , not a handful as the article suggests . Put Ron Paul on Time and Newsweek and play him up like the two chosen puppets and I can GUARANTEE you that Ron Paul will win in every poll – it 's all a game with the media infuencing the elections – that is not journalism nor is it unbiased reporting .

    October 8, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    The world (along with Democrats, Indies and Moderates) are all laughing at these right-winger, America-hating racists. None of them are fit to serve me a burger at the drive-thru, let alone assume the role of leader of the free world.

    October 8, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. ronpaulfor2012

    Paul is da man!

    October 8, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. pamela

    Well, Bloomberg is finally showing his true colors! He has pretended to care about the "common man". But now he can't help himself. The protests have really nothing to do with unions. The protests (all around the country, by the way) have to do with people finally standing up, speaking out about the corruption in our country! The power elite don't like the protests bc they are afraid that We the People (the 99%) will take back our country, change the status quo, and the free ride for the top 1% will be over!
    All of those who buy and believe the BS, thinking that they too can climb the "Ladder of Success", all the while stepping on those below them, and become one of the 1%, are fooling themselves!
    Wake up, America, and keep waking up, becoming more & more aware of what is really going on in Our Country!

    October 8, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Eddy Mann

    Ron Paul came in FIRST, but "FRONT RUNNERS" Perry and Romney came in lower? Does anyone else have a problem with this statement?!?!?!?!

    October 8, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. yaya omini

    Will Americans allow religion in politic like up coming underdeveloping countries.Get religion out of politic please o jare

    October 8, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. mikek

    They will do and say anything to dicredit Ron Paul. Media should be supporting this guy instead they come up with more and more excuses. lol.!

    October 8, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Never4Get

    Nasty... Ron Paul is dangerous....... He thinks America was responsible for 911... Enough said....

    October 8, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Holysinner

    I thank Jehovah for doing this, i'm very happy that Paul has win the election Jah bless him.

    October 8, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Big Daddy

    Gee whiz! Really superb article CNN!

    October 8, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Ryan

    RON PAUL 2012

    October 8, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. The Master

    The ONLY MAN who knows WHAT HE IS DOING and NOT AFRAID to FIGHT the FED and other big banks causing you current economic disaster!

    October 8, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Ron Paul 2012!

    October 8, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Big Daddy

    Ron Paul's speech was brilliant!

    October 8, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. capnmike

    I just love what the Republicans call "values"...closet perverts, graft-grubbing sycophants to big corporations, suck-ups to religio-fascists, warmongering, destroying the environment to make a few more filthy bucks, and a general don't-give-a-hoot toward anyone who isn't in their country-club circle of rich buddies. I will vote for a Republican as soon as Hell freezes over.

    October 8, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. Semper Fidelis

    Finally, the quiet dignity of Ron Paul is being recognized! A man of his age and experience has seen it all; done most of it and will not bow to the party line if he thinks it's wrong.

    If anyone can BEGIN to save America – He is your man.

    October 8, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. ronpaulfor2012

    he's da man!

    October 8, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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