Cain wins Denver straw poll
July 31st, 2011
04:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain wins Denver straw poll

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain won the Western Conservative Summit 2011 Denver Presidential Straw Poll Sunday, 35 points ahead of second-place finisher Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has yet to announce a bid for the White House.

Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and radio host, received 48 percent followed by Perry with 13 percent; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania with 10 percent and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann with 9 percent. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, who has said he will decide about a 2012 bid by September, received 4 percent. The other declared and non-declared candidates garnered fewer than 4 percent support.

Perry, Santorum, Cain and Bolton all spoke at the summit.

Five hundred and eight ballots were cast at the three-day conference organized by the Centennial Institute at the Colorado Christian University, which works toward public awareness of faith, family and freedom.

Event organizer John Andrews said the Denver Straw poll is the “first test of 2012 presidential preferences among grassroots activists in Colorado and the Western states.”

On his Twitter account, Cain said he was “honored” to learn of his win.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • John Bolton • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Christine

    Thank you CNN, for posting that.. and for being nice about it.

    July 31, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Seattle Sue

    And what does that mean? I think Ron Paul wins a straw poll every year and he has yet to become President. Mr. Cain will not win the nomination and never become President.

    July 31, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Frank

    LOL. They have got to be kidding.

    July 31, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Not a surprise
    We believe Herman Cain can make deal with congress fast by delivering Pizza

    We seen last Thursday 19 boxes of pizza next day votes ready

    July 31, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. jess

    excellent! i hope a tea party candidate wins the primary, this way Obama will win the presidential election

    July 31, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    WOW – I just re-read it --- 508 people participated. Definitely the majority of the population of the U.S.

    July 31, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    As a Denverite, I am embarrassed for our city. Obama/Biden 2012!

    July 31, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Larry L

    This wasn't even close. Cain's hateful religious message must work with right-wing Christians. It won't work in the South where they mix racial and religious bigotry.

    Perry's recent outrage of homophobia likely grabbed a couple of this population as a "godly" thing to do. Most of us in Texas recall the saying "the guilty dog barks first". Maybe old Governor "Good-hair" could hold a coming-out to coincide with his presidential announcement. He's about finished trashing Texas – with severe teacher lay-offs pushing us downward below Mississippi! Our infrastructure is crumbling while the right-wingers gerrymander for even more control. Do not consider this moron as a viable candidate for President. He's not as bright as "W" but lots more dishonest!

    July 31, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. CBR

    One thing for sure – CNN will post every story regarding political groups. Mr. Cain is obviously a very nice gentleman and gained the support of this group. However, this is very early for straw polls and we might want to wait before we declare that this iheadline news.

    July 31, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Terry

    Teabaggers will be gone in 2012. They tricked the elderly folks in 2010, but old people, like elephants, have long memories.

    July 31, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Clwyd

    This shows how bad the republican party is to have a pizza salesman lead their party?

    July 31, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. maikl

    I'm 100% against Obama and 110% for Cain.

    July 31, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Trendsetter

    Well, in a society where a 1/2 black man won the presidency because of white liberals and minority votes, what a twist it would be to have him battle against a black republican. On the surface (pun intended), it would seem he would certainly have the advantage over other potential candidates.

    July 31, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Shelby

    "Perry, Santorum, Cain and Bolton all spoke at the summit."

    Thank you, Denver, for your strong statement to little ricky perry, the hypocrite. Our great country does NOT need a flip-flopping opportunist for a leader.

    July 31, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. thomas

    I would never think of Colorado as having , or understanding the art of good Pizza !

    Denver the fast food city !

    July 31, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People

    Religious bigotry registers a big win for Cain among Denver cons..

    Attack Baptist fundamentalist next, ok?

    July 31, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. thomas

    Cain/Perry 2012
    In the remake of Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis.
    **************The Defiant Ones***************

    July 31, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Laurie

    Now there is a big "who cares" – tell me this next year at this time when we won't even be remembering who he is.

    July 31, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. CCHUCK

    Straw poll? We all know what happened to the 3 little pigs and their straw house. Cain, Perry and Santorum are in that straw house and voted LEAST LIKELY TO SUCCEED!

    July 31, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. Me 2

    This really shows that Republicans a bunch of nut jobs.

    July 31, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. lynn

    My dog could should win over Rick Perry. If the citizens of the U.S. would even consider electing another Texas governor, they deserve what they get. Didn't realize Texan's all had a case of stupidity.

    July 31, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Ellen

    But he still won't hire a Muslim... Strange thing for an American black man to profess.

    July 31, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The first and last win for Cain but it's nice to see he had equal opportunity.

    July 31, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. Anna

    For the first time i have nothing to say, no wonder I see only one comment (at this moment). Reps are DOOMED.

    July 31, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Val

    Do these straw polls have any significance

    July 31, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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