Ron Paul wins Values Voter straw poll
October 8th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
11 years ago

Ron Paul wins Values Voter straw poll

Washington (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul secured yet another straw poll victory Saturday.

The Texas congressman won 37% of the poll at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, sponsored by the Family Research Council, a social conservative group.

However, not all of those who voted for Paul in the straw poll were necessarily participants in the summit. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said 600 attendees registered just for Saturday. Paul ended up winning with 732 votes.

Paul has won a handful of straw polls this year, including contests held in California and South Carolina, in addition to a straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

Coming in second on Saturday, rising GOP candidate and Georgia businessman Herman Cain took 23% of the vote. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum came in third with 16%.

Two front-runners, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Perry garnered 8% of the vote, while Romney had 4%.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who touts herself as a strong social conservative and won the much-watched Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, came in fifth, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took seventh place.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Also see:

Perry on pastor's Mormonism remark: 'I don't think it is' a cult

Conservative pastor on Romney: Don't vote for a Mormon

Don't settle for a moderate, Bachmann urges voters

Romney jabs controversial speaker at Values Voter Summit

Santorum takes aim at Cain, introduces '0-0-0 plan'

Cain relishes 'top tier' status in speech

Gingrich talks judiciary, jabs front-runners on polls

Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • Values Voter Summit
soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. Jared

    as a registered long time democrat, I would probably vote for this guy...check him out.

    October 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Emanon

    Ron Paul won this event, but why is Mitt Romney's picture on the Front Page?
    Manipulate much?... blah

    October 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Ron Paul is the social conservatives lat great white hope. They pretty much ignored him until all their other candidates flopped. He'll flop, too.

    October 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Darryl Schmitz

    I think our nation is experiencing an awakening of sorts, where thanks in part to the Internet we're realizing what a bunch of corporatist propagandists (from both the left and the right) the commercial media has been. Hopefully, this signals an end to the monopoly the two major parties have had for so many years – one that is on the verge of destroying the country. We need to vote for the PERSON, not the party.

    October 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Freddy

    Ron Paul is ahead of a bullish momentum .
    American people won't forget this wise and true man when votes will come , as they realize a historical wall street political hold-up since 2008.
    For those who believed American Dream has turned into a nightmare because of a financial oligarchy , Ron Paul will emerge obviously as the common sense regulator the US need badly.

    October 8, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Wow'd

    Whoa, front page CNN news for Ron Paul. We must be wearing them down!

    October 8, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. T. D. James-Moss

    I see this is going to get interesting.

    October 8, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. us1776

    Is this like the Blue Light Special ?


    October 8, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Jake Nelson

    "Two front-runners, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, placed fourth and sixth, respectively."

    That is an Orwellian sentence.....the media just cannot get over Perry and Romney, what a sham.

    October 8, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. SoSueMe

    The Detroit Lions, 4-0
    Cats sleeping with dogs
    Neo-con So-Con Christians voting Libertarian (well, small l, actually)
    Can Armageddon be far behind?

    October 8, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Jeff Perkins

    If he doesnt get the nomination..i will still write him in..everyone do the same

    October 8, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. shlomo yomtob

    Dr. Ron Paul is the only candidate that actually cares about America more than his job. He is our only hope left.
    Don't let AIPAC win this war and get a puppet elected to continue using American soldiers and money to fight its wars based on lies.

    October 8, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. AmericansUnite

    This is wonderful... ron paul is such a great guy, he is always so genuine and his beliefs in liberty are exactly what this country needs in order to reset its recent apathy. I am actually quite pleased with these results and look forward to possibly voting for Ron Paul in the primary.

    October 8, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Darryl Schmitz

    "Paul has won a handful of straw polls this year...". You forgot, "...on his quixotic, long-shot campaign." Right? Better get that fixed.

    October 8, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. voiceofreality

    The only thing the media cannot fudge are actual polls. Ron Paul is clearly the best candidate. Ron Paul 2012.

    October 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Brad76

    Ron Paul is one of the only honest politicians in Washington, and the best choice for president in 2012. If you want sweeping change that will finally get rid of all the nonsense bringing America down, then give Mr.Paul a chance.

    October 8, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Chuck

    So I guess the FACT that Ron Paul won is less important than the non-sense you have on the first page about some knucklehead downing Romney on Mormonism. Awesome, FAIR journalism going on here at CNN!

    October 8, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Matt

    "We may have a new front runner. After winning the Values Voter Straw Poll-"
    Behind the scenes, yelling, "No! He can't be a front runner. Only people we approve of are front runners. Duh!"

    October 8, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Upol

    Only one person capable of defeating Obama in 2012, Ron Paul.

    October 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. JB

    I'd like to file a complaint. The media went wild when Bachmann won the straw poll in Iowa. They use them to justify their annoying contention that Romney and Perry are the front runners. Yet the interview on CNN stated that since Ron Paul has won several of them the polls don't really matter or that they're not as important. This hypocrisy is ridiculous. If the polls don't matter, why does the media run wild with stories and speculation when someone else wins the polls? I don't believe everything hinges on polls, but the media hypocrisy is astounding. Either the polls don't matter at all and you shouldn't make such a big deal out of them, or they do matter and you should stop snubbing Ron Paul every time he wins one.

    October 8, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. itsnobody

    I hope the media does not ignore this

    October 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Bwahahaha! The guy who wants people without health insurance to die is the choice of "Values Voters"?!? Hilarious!

    October 8, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. opinion8it

    Republicans ignore it whenever Ron Paul wins a straw poll - denial is the Republican mantra

    October 8, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Mary Smith

    Amazing..CNN actually reported something about Ron Paul's success. There is a strong undercurrent of support for Ron Paul. He is an honest alternative to the muckrackers who claim to have America's support. I will vole for Ron Paul....even if I have to write him in.

    October 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Chris

    Ron Paul will be our next president. That's really all there is to it.

    October 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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