September 18th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
13 years ago

Pence wins Values Voter straw poll

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Indiana Rep. Mike Pence is the winner of a presidential straw poll among socially conservative voters Saturday."](CNN) – With 24 percent of the vote, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence was the winner Saturday of the fifth annual Values Voter straw poll, an early test of where a string of potential 2012 presidential candidates stand among socially conservative voters.

Runner-up was former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (22 percent), the winner of the same poll last year. In third place was former Massachusetts governor and White House hopeful Mitt Romney (13 percent), while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich placed fourth (10 percent).

Sarah Palin, who did not attend this year’s convention, placed fifth (7 percent).

“What is fascinating about these results is that it reflects what has been happening in primaries across the country,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who announced the results.

The vote came after a two-day conference in Washington, during which a veritable "who's who" of rising Republican stars and possible White House contenders made appearances.

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mike Pence • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (18 Responses)

    Candidates qualify by values standards? Why? Let them have their values and I'll have mine. The best candidates for elections would be proficient at economic stimulation and efficient government operation. Is this why everybody complains about politicians all the time?

    September 18, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Values Voter is just like the defunct Moral Majority – they are neither. What is fascinating is that they actually start to beleive their own lies. We have a lot of time to expose the Repubs before November and then when the teabuggers and rpubs loose they will get back into their victim stance. And whine and cry about "it aint fair".

    September 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha ha


    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    September 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    It is an embarrassment for the Republican Party to support these extremist. Some of them such as Florida's Marco Rubio and Scott Brown have long record of corruption.

    September 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    I don't see much value in Pence or any of the others at this meeting.

    September 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. marlene

    The Party of NO, has NO leader!

    September 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. key

    Pence district in Indiana is one of the wealthiest districts in the state. He can run on a fiscal conservative ticket very little crime great schools no unemployment most people have health insurance man I wish all of America was like that.

    September 18, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Chipster

    Who's values? Vitter? O'Donnell? Craig? Haggard? Foley? I've had enough of Republican "values." Sanctimonious hypocrites! I don't need them preaching values. Thanks but no thanks.

    September 18, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. thomas

    “on a satanic altar.”
    Indiana Rep. Mike Pence was the winner Saturday of the fifth annual Values Voter straw poll, an early test of where a string of potential 2012 presidential candidates stand among socially conservative voters.

    September 18, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    wow I thought for sure Gov Sanford of SC would have won!!

    September 18, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. u2canfail

    How many stayed at C Street>

    September 18, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. M

    Well, I live in Pence's state and I'll be working to be sure he is never our president. He is a holier-than-thou, only-Christians-have-a-voice in this country Republican.

    September 18, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Randy

    "Values Voters" people who vote against their own best interests or as Republican leaders call them our base of suckers.

    September 18, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Captain Crunch

    Good and I hope he runs too! That will split more votes among the Republican theocrats!

    September 18, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. jj

    Whatever, Cnn has been running 2012 presidential elections since Obama took Office. Where is a true news media?

    September 18, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Andy

    Snooze. This clown doesn't stand a chance.

    I have to wonder what values "Values Voters" actually abide by. This year, it looks like hate is the most prevalent value – and they're brimming with it.

    September 18, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. harold

    Yeah...he sure is a values man.. He supports pro family Health Insurance that President Obama got pased.. Or did he support pro family health Insurance for all of us?.. No just his own Health Insurance is all .. All the rest of us without Insurance can get themelves to the Emergency room for care..Huh?.. Him and Fraulein Bachmann..Republican from Minnesota....Republicans could care less about whether everyone has Insurance or not.. Just themselves..

    September 18, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Paul

    Why would anyone vote republican?

    September 18, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |