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. Tough USA

    CNN- Thanks For The Post !

    October 8, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. todd in detroit

    DUH. 600 people who have already decided who they're voting for showed up to hear THEIR guy talk, then vote, then leave? That ought to tell you what those 600 thought of the other candidates. When is the media gonna get it? Nobody who has the guts to go out and vote in these Straw Polls even CARES what the Twit Romneys or Slick Perrys have to say...OR THE MEDIA....and their numbers are GROWING FAST. Ron Paul 2012.

    October 8, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. todd in detroit

    I love it. "My comment is awaiting moderation"......can we talk Big Brother?

    October 8, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Ron

    Good to see Ron Paul mentioned for a change, look I know he is not an exciting candidate but I'm not looking to get excitement from my representatives. I'm looking for honest down home common sense government who are responsible to the people who elect them. I don't want a party animal I want action where we need it, jobs, education, budget responsibility, rebuilding America, just give me my country back!

    October 8, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. Ryan

    Yes, 600 people attended only on Saturday, because they work during the week. To assume all of those 600 votes went to Paul without further evidence is preposterous without further evidence. And even if they were all for him, isn't that the purpose of a vote – to see who has real supporters who will come do whatever it takes and vote for their candidate? Maybe the others just don't have real support despite the medias push for bankers and fed chairmen like Cain.

    October 8, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. amilia

    thank god someone smart who stands for civil rights won... another victory against our china like administration that brain washes masses with cultural propaganda... such as the awful disgusting foolish and moronic war on drugs.

    October 8, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. chris

    lol, two front runners scored 4th and 6th respectively? Who 'decides' who the front runners are? Here I thought the voters do...apparently not. It's the media and it's fixation with hair that decides. How long are you all going to ignore Ron Paul? Just a question. What if he's elected...will he still be invisible? This should be interesting.

    October 8, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Gwats, Denver, CO

    So Ron Paul won a beauty contest. Who cares?

    October 8, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Ronald

    One giant step backwards for mankind but what do you expect from that group.

    October 8, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. Jimmy

    So, Cain wins one straw poll and he's a new media darling and top-tier candidate. Ron Paul wins every other one, but he's still a "long-shot." Media, is that justice?

    October 8, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Clwyd

    A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for an Alzheimer's sufferer!

    October 8, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. Paco Taco

    MMM, straw and poles. I eat straw and put poles in my bum. Oh, poll... It's harder to put those in your bum.

    October 8, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. ItzDaTruth

    This is yet another attempt to marginalize Dr. Paul by the establishment media.

    Not working.

    BLACK THIS OUT!!! 10/19/11

    October 8, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. Matt Vraspir

    Ummm, who cares? None of them will be the next president of the United States. This is not news. Ummmm, Last I checked, Ron Paul wants people without health insurance to "go die." Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

    October 8, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. ufadoof

    When Ron Paul is the smartest guy in the room, you know you've got problems.

    October 8, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. Terry Gloege

    Values voters???

    October 8, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. G L

    I find this hilariously ironic considering Paul's very socially "liberal" beliefs. He thinks the federal government shouldn't oppose abortion, gay marriage, and drug legalization. Either these "social conservatives" don't understand Paul's beliefs, or are not very socially conservative.

    October 8, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. SiriusVH

    It sounds as though the lunatics are now in charge of the GOP.

    October 8, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. MASTRODAMUS

    You go Ron! You have my vote.

    October 8, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. mochica

    They are all garbage and would be unable to do anything to improve this country. As they become more and more radicalized they appeal to an even smaller percentage of the population until in the end they are completely irrelevant.

    October 8, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Conrack

    Dear Value Voters Summit – America stands for the freedom to follow your own values, not the freedom to follow the values that are forced on citizens by one group. Check out the Bill of Rights.

    October 8, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Vorpz

    Congratulations to Congressman Paul!

    October 8, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. jimbo

    go ron paul the last hope for america and the world!

    October 8, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  24. INFORMDVTR

    Full steam ahead. Ron Paul 2012

    October 8, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  25. Russ

    What a bunch of losers. None of them can get a majority of their own party's support. How is that going to play in 2012 when the Democratic Party is united behind Obama?

    October 8, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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