Romney wins straw poll in Ohio
July 22nd, 2011
09:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney wins straw poll in Ohio

(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took the Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll late Friday, with 25 percent of the vote.

And former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty received needed good news, placing second in the poll, which surveyed attendees at the Ohio Republican Party state dinner. He received 16 percent support.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann placed third with 15 percent followed closely by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has not announced an official bid to seek the 2012 GOP nomination for president, but had the backing of 14 percent of attendees as a write-in candidate at the dinner in Cleveland.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul placed fifth with 9 percent, businessman Herman Cain and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum tied with 5 percent, and former House Speaker New Gingrich won 3 percent of the vote. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman netted 2 percent. Other write-in candidates garnered 6 percent support.

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Friday reflected slightly different results nationwide. Romney led the Republican field with 16 percent support across the nation with Perry close at his heels, trailing by only two percentage points. Pawlenty ranked ninth in the survey, backed by 2 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners.

The Buckeye state was a major battleground in the last presidential election and broke for President Obama, but Ohio GOP Party Chair Kevin DeWine vowed, "Ohio has undergone a political transformation since 2008."

"The energy, enthusiasm and excitement here in Cleveland this evening, and across the Buckeye State, for our qualified presidential candidates is proof that Ohio Republicans are ready to once again return a Republican to the White House in 2012."

New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer and Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter did not appear on the ballot.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Jilli

    Snooze...wake me when this is over. Romney consistently folds quicker than a cheap lawnchair – he's no match for our current president. There's not an electable republican running.

    July 23, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. B

    This guy will get the lead by default as the rest of the Republican lineup look like the total incompetent clowns that they are.

    Then Obama will beat Romney by a landslide margin in 2012.

    July 23, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Repubs right now want a man who made his millions by breaking up American companies, laying off American workers and shipping American jobs overseas.

    Gives you a preview of what his policies would be like if he were elected POTUS.

    Unless you're one of his millionaire/billionaire buddies that he so obviously puts ahead of the long-term prosperity of our country, don't vote for him.

    Obama 2012

    July 23, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Matthew

    I wish just 1 Journalist with a backbone went to Salt Lake & demanded a list of these Elders & the proof of this racism is very true. The real reason that blacks were finally allowed to become Priests is because The USA government made them do that in 1978 or the exempt status would be revoked. This is the truth! Not because The elders talked to joe smith after he talked to god, What absolute trash these bigots come up with is just unreal.

    July 23, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Dale

    I am independent and if Romney is not elected, because of discrimination because being a Mormon, that is not the American way.
    I think the bigger question should be asked is whether (( Romney’s religion is fair game for the press to exploit ))
    (( The Race Card was off limits when Obama ran for office )) – will the Press play the same way, when the Card is Religion ?

    I think not; every news agency will cut him to pieces because of his religion.

    I am curious what the press would do if he were a black Mormon. Because there are a lot of black Mormons now, I bet you didn’t know that.

    July 23, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. warforprofit

    LMAO, check youtube videos for Romney staffers cheating at these polls. These things mean nothing. Ron Paul is the only one wanting to end the wars so you know who has my vote.

    July 23, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. ABM

    Why cares...really. The presidential cycle is too long. They have been campaigning since they lost (in a whooping) to President Obama.

    July 23, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Anthony

    A Wall Street earthquake is coming on Monday. With the House Republicans threatening to blow up the United States' sterling credit rating and bring down the economy over tax cuts that will expire next year anyway (just try to renew the Bush tax cuts next year on your own, Republicans), do Republican presidential candidates still want the job? Do voters want to turn the White House over to Republicans after seeing what they have done with just the House, holding the government and the economy hostage to get what they want (dismantling the entitlements, otherwise known as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid)? Do voters want to reward the Republican party that is about to accomplish what Al Qaeda has not been able to do- destroying the economy of the United States?

    July 23, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Wise One

    Go MItt Go !!!

    July 23, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. by

    Wouldn't it be nice to have our country's finances run like a well oiled machine...he knows how.

    July 23, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Andrew

    One in a party

    July 23, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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