August 16th, 2007
07:52 PM ET
9 years ago

Mitt Romney wins Illinois straw poll

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney

(CNN)–Mitt Romney added another straw poll victory to his resume Thursday.

Illinois state Republican party chairman, Andy McKenna, said Romney won the Illinois Straw poll at the Illinois State Fair. "Congratulations to Mitt Romney, whose strong showing today indicates he has begun to put together a strong statewide organization," McKenna said. "There's no question that Illinois' demographics closely match those of the United States and this could be an indication as to whom Illinois voters are leaning toward this coming February."

Romney secured an overwhelming victory with 40.35 percent of the vote. Former Senator Fred Thompson, who is expected to formally enter the race for the GOP nomination next month, came in second with 19.96 percent of the vote.

The Illinois Republican party sponsored the straw poll during its Republican Day festivities at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

To be included, participate candidates were required to have participated in one of the previously held debates with other Republican candidates, or have polled above 5 percent in a national, independent poll.

Final results of Thursday's Illinois straw poll:

1. Mitt Romney – 40.35%

2. Fred Thompson – 19.96%

3. Ron Paul – 18.87%

4. Rudy Giuliani – 11.61%

5. John McCain – 4.12%

6. Mike Huckabee – 3.04%

7. Sam Brownback – 1.08%

8. Duncan Hunter – .65%

9. Tom Tancredo – .33%

–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Smith

    Wow. I doubted that Ron Paul would make it into the top tier. I thought the "big five" (Romney, Thompson, Giuliani, McCain, and Huckabee) would beat him. Apparently his campaign is not as week as I thought.

    August 16, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. John, Chicago IL

    Keep up the good work Mr. Romney. Your message rings loud and clear here in Illinois.

    August 16, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. David, Salinas, CA

    This is out of a total of 922 votes.

    The full story is on the Chicago Tribune web site:,0,2733296.story

    Still an impressive showing for Ron Paul. Maybe he's not just an internet phenomenon.

    August 16, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. Eric Richards

    Seriously this guy is Reagan ressurected, only without Hollywood following right behind. I am not a huge supporter of any candidate but go to his website and read about this guy. Not just the negative crap but seriously read on the issues and watch the vids

    Watch out Hillary!

    August 16, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Mike M. Las Vegas, NV

    I know the Illinois straw poll isn't that important. Illinois is traditionally a democrat state and as such the republicans don't generally spend too much time there.
    Do you think you could at least spell Tom Tancredo correctly?

    August 16, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Mark, Pasadena

    Ron Paul continues to gain steam!

    August 16, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    Oh, what do ya know?! Just like the Iowa straw poll, Romney bused in people to this poll as well!

    And 'wow!' at Ron Paul. I never would've thought he would be up there. I think I will be taking him a bit more seriously now.

    August 16, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. J, Seattle, WA

    Way to go Ron Paul! Lets shake up this race. Wake up people don't let Mitt buy the election.

    August 16, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Seems to me, Jamie, that if anybody but Ron Paul was in third, you might have mentioned it in the body of your article.

    You certainly did in Iowa.

    August 16, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. Ben, Chicago IL

    I was a bit surprised to see Ron Paul come in a strong 3rd. Not bad for someone that supposedly polls at around 2 %.

    August 16, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. John, St Pete, FL

    hello, no mention of Ron Paul? Come on now, when are you old media types going to start recognizing what the rest of mainstream America is recognizing?

    I would also like to point out the following: "To be included, participate candidates were required to have participated in one of the previously held debates with other Republican candidates, or have polled above 5 percent in a national, independent poll."

    Clearly this 2% we keep hearing about Ron Paul is false.

    How about some integrity in the media please.

    August 16, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. Matt, Alabama

    Go Ron Go! Good performance by the Ron Paul folks.

    Google: Ron Paul if you don't know anything about him. He may be the only honest one running.

    August 16, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. Drew Schenkman

    Ron Paul's going to win the nomination and become president.

    Romney paid for the transportation, tickets, and lunch for a bunch of people from Bloomington, openly bribing them for votes the way he did in Ames. This is not real support, and his two wins are hollow.

    Paul's support is real, deeply-felt, and growing at a steady rate. That is a winner, folks.

    August 16, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. Eddie, Beavercreek, Ohio

    Do you know how straw polls work - they are money makers for an organization and have no bearing on the election outcome. Rudy and John McCain have declared they will not participate in the straw polls and buy ballots. Romney buys ballots and word is out in IL that some Thompson supporter bought quite a few ballots.

    Why anyone would pay attention to a straw poll is beyond anyone that understands the political system.

    August 16, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. Kap, Chicago, IL

    This is the gang that recruited Alan Keyes as their candidate against Obama.

    August 16, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Dave in VA

    And the Ron Paul fanatics will start jumping all over this in 3... 2... 1...

    August 16, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. Scott, Raleigh, NC

    Ron Paul got 3rd place. That's really good. He's doing really well and should be considered top tier now in my opinion.

    August 16, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  18. Nathan, Austin, TX

    The Republicans are poised for disaster. A weird, smarmy, Mormon versus a popular handsome black man in Barack means death for the GOP.

    August 16, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  19. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    Look at ole RON PAUL move up!!!

    August 16, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. Eric Johnson, Dallas

    I’m surprised you didn’t edit this statement out of the article: "There's no question that Illinois' demographics closely match those of the United States…”

    What does this say about the accuracy of the national polling numbers?

    August 16, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. Brent

    Romney may not have much of a campaign in Illinois but he again, as in Iowa,gave free admission, lunch, refreshments, and transportation for people who would vote for him. The real story here is Ron Paul! Let freedom ring!

    Ron Paul 2008

    August 16, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  22. Joe


    August 16, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  23. Scott, Sandy, UT

    Hmm... I didn't know there was a "Tancrado" in the running. I'll have to check him out.

    August 16, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. Dustin Czne Beds Az

    It is interesting that Ron Paul nearly tied Fred Thomson and then was not even mentioned. But at least, there his name is at nearly 19%. His campaign continues to grow all the time and people are beginning to learn about his rational approach to foreign and domestic policy. They said he would never register above 2%. Then in Iowa he was almost 10% and now this. A good man who is for the greatness of this country and strong military defense, with the most donations from the troops.

    August 16, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  25. Jessy Scholl, Mandan ND

    Just to follow up, the straw poll was conducted by electronic voting. In a more fair election, Ron Paul would have much more support when it comes to actual votes.

    August 16, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
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