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. Paul, Louisville, Kentucky

    They'll continue to ignore Ron Paul, and we'll continue to support him.

    August 17, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. John, Washington, D.C.

    Way to go Romney. You won a state that immediately goes blue in every recent presidential election.

    August 17, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    What CNN fails to mention (surprise, surprise) is that Romney bused in people to vote for him (just like he did in Iowa). Romney is good at buying a win at the polls.

    The clear winner here, however, is Ron Paul. He is backed, not by money, but a passionate grass-roots fervor, and he is gaining more momentum every day.

    August 17, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Bob, West Pittston, PA

    The article reports nothing but percentages. How many people voted? I think we would see that the total is a dismal amount that relegates the whole process to an academic exercise.

    August 17, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Mark Ramsey MD Fort Lauderdale FL

    It's absolutely hilarious- this man is working so hard and spending so much money. He does not stand a chance. Republicans are NEVER going to nominate a Mormon. They are prejudiced against everything that isn't exactly like them.

    August 17, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Greg, Peoria, IL

    I was present at the Straw Poll yesterday in Illinois, and I have to give credit to the Romney people for being courteous, and especially well organized. They had buses from all over the state organized, with one simple T-Shirt. I found the Ron Paul people to be too in your face, obnoxious, and almost fanatical about voting for him. They had too many different shirts which offered so many messages, I think those who participated in the Poll where a little sick of being approached and forced upon with literature on Ron Paul. And what sore losers–Chairman McKenna had to make an announcement asking the Ron Paul people to please hold back any negative comments and booing, and offer congratulations to the Romney campaign on a job well done. Even though I was upset there were no candidates in Illinois yesterday (even though we have more electoral votes than Iowa), at least Mitt Romney's son was there to thank everyone on behalf of his father and personally deliver the results to his father. Well played Mr. Romney!

    August 17, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Mark Ramsey MD

    By the way, Ron Paul guy, you are aware that it's possible to look and see that all these Ron Paul postings are coming from the same internet address, right?

    August 17, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Mark Ramsey MD Fort Lauderdale FL

    By the way, Ron Paul guy, you are aware that it's possible to see that all these Ron Paul psotings are coming from the same internet address, right?

    August 17, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. bob London, Canada

    I can't believe how well Ron Paul did! I guess Americans aren't as stupid as the French think they are!

    August 17, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Concerned Citizen, Mid-Atlantic

    As a registered Libertarian, he is the only candidate from the two major parties that stands a snowball’s chance in Hades of getting my vote, as he is pro-freedom and not a corporate crony. On the other hand, Mitt is a member of the plutocracy that wants to confiscate money from me to feed the military industrial complex that protects their wealth.

    August 17, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Romney is dedicated, professional, devoted and focused. Way to go! He deserved to win.

    August 17, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Ethan, Indianapolis, IN

    This poll is another indication of how Ron Paul's popularity is growing to the point that he is now to a front-tier candidate. Straw polls only represent certain contigencies, but from looking at his support on the internet and all other polls, it looks as if ron paul supporters far outnumber those of the other candidates. All this without the help of the Mainstream Media. Through word of mouth, the people of this great nation have finally getting your message of freedom out to voters. Way to go Ron!

    August 17, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Fed Up, Raleigh NC

    Ok CNN...I've officially removed your site from my favorites. I can't handle the media censorship I've scene over the past 6 months concerning Dr. Paul. If anyone wants their news...just do a Google news search instead of supporting Mass Censorship!

    August 17, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Ben, Chicago

    From the Chicago Tribune: "Paul's libertarian stylings and campaign of strict interpretation of the Constitution has earned him an unorthodox band of sign-carrying supporters. They frequently interrupted TV reports of the event and at one point, Romney's Illinois chairman, state Sen. Dan Rutherford (R-Chenoa), ripped a sign out of one Paul supporter's hands and threw it on the ground."

    August 17, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. joe sixpak Minneapolis, MN

    What a surprise, did they use Diebold again? HOw many votes did mitt buy this go round? What's his "current" stance on abortion, health care, 2nd amendment, or immigration. I forget it varies by who he's talking with. Mitt, go back to selling Used cars, and leave our country alone!

    I'm sure Ron Paul beat him again but they manipulated the results similar to IA, a recalibration and low and behold Paul is no longer winning and Mitt does, they ignore affidavit's to back up the votes & tally # of actual votes then they claim victory... real smooth...

    August 17, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Jake, Connecticut

    Thompsom edges out Paul by little more than 1% and Paul's name is not even mentioned in the write-up? Comme on CNN. Time to get real. Ron Paul is not going away. People are fed up with business as usual in Washington. Ron Paul is America's only hope for change and the downsizing of the federal government.

    August 17, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. John Adams, Greentree, MA

    Ron Paul Rollin'!

    August 17, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Mark, Pasadena

    Allen Ridge states: "Brought private health insurance to every citizen in Massachusetts WITHOUT RASIING TAXES….. "

    That's a LIE. His plan FORCED everyone in MA to BUY healthcare or pay fines (TAXES) to the state for the 'free' healthcare provided by the state.

    August 17, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. T, Orlando, FL

    Mitt continues to be the best organized and most effective candidate in the race. From a relative no-name a few months ago he continues to impress on the national scene. He knows his stuff, no doubt about it.

    August 17, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    LOL @ Greg from Peoria. So Romney supporters were well-organized? haha Oh, I bet they were when ROMNEY himself is footing the bill by busing them in, feeding them, and giving them free shirts. You have just made one of the most ignorant claims in the history of history. Congrats!

    Ron Paul's supporters were not bused in–they drove themselves. They were not given free shirts (btw, your 'Ron Paul supporters w/ many different t-shirts' comment gave me a chuckle)–they BOUGHT them on their own. Ron Paul's supporters show a real passion and support with genuine enthusiasm and conviction. I'm sorry that your pal, Mitt, doesn't garner that type of support–unless they are given free food and a bus, and, even then their support is a bit pathetic, dismal and lacking.

    August 17, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. David, San Diego CA

    Wow way to go Ron! It comes as no surprise that CNN forgot to mention how close he came to second.

    August 17, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Danny C TN

    I support Ron Paul all the way. Not much longer and the MSM will not be able to ignore him. Oh and NOT ALL RON PAUL SUPPORTERS ARE loonies. That is just retarded. Get real. Ron Paul has supporters far and wide. People are waking up to the BS in washington. The district of crooks as I like to call them. 3rd place is a start. Thanks CNN. although you could have mentioned his name in the report. fair and balanced? Hmm.

    August 17, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Sean Gerety, Virginia Beach, VA

    Romney is going to implode as people realize he's just another opportunist.

    On the other hand, Ron Paul's showing and principles continue to impress.

    August 17, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Jerry, GC, IL

    I thought politics was all about getting people to the polls...and then Romney is attacked by people for being very successful at that? It makes no sense – if they could/would have been successful at doing it they would have.

    All Romney has shown in Iowa and Illinois is that he has the strongest campaign and organization on the ground. The other campaigns were trying their best to get people to the polls as well.

    May I note, Romney did not buy people lunch, etc. The lunch, the opportunity to vote, etc. were all free to everyone in attendance.

    Romney won. And almost all the campaigns showed class and dignity. Almost. The GOP should be proud of their field of candidates.

    Romney in 2008!

    August 17, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Steve Martin, Amity, Maine

    Is it a coincidence that Ron Paul's name has not been mentioned on any major network TV broadcast since Ames?

    I don't think so.

    I watched all the news reports this morning and not a peep about the Illinois Straw Poll. To report it, they would have HAD to have mentioned Ron Paul's strong showing, and they aren't going to do that!

    RON PAUL IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT and all you bogus opinion makers are going to be out on the street. Get used to the idea. Practice some burger flipping this weekend...Your turn to be stuck with only those options...

    August 17, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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