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
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  1. ahetch

    Ron Paul wants you to die if you have no health care. And he is all for all drugs legal anytime anywhere. If you put these two things together it probably works. if you are sick and dieing you will need drugs all of the time.

    October 8, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Dreamer96

    Ron Paul is a doctor trained in obstetrics and gynaecology, and I would like to hear why we should be risking our kids life with 1 in 150 kids getting Autism and just why is this increase happening about the sametime, early 1990's, we started increasing the number of vacines we give our children?

    October 8, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Nothing new here

    Ron Paul is the best person for the GOP nomination – he is a LIBERTARIAN, that believes in limited government and personal freedoms.
    He is not one of the Religious Right-wing extremists. And certainly not what some people would refer to as a "moderate". However, I doubt the GOP will do the right thing and bestow the nomination on him.

    October 8, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Ron

    I used to admire Ron Paul. By pandering to these right-wing religious bigots, he has lost all credibility with me. What is a "libertarian" doing hanging out with folks that want to deprive Mormons and Muslims of First Amendment Rights, who want to tell you what to do and not to do in your bedroom, etc. These are the same ilk who defended slavery, who denied people the right to mixed marriages, on and on and on....They can prove anything they want to prove by quoting some scripture. Wake up, Ron Paul!

    October 8, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. njp289

    This article really downplays Paul's victory here.

    October 8, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. paparazzinc

    Read more about Ron Paul

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    What do you think?

    October 8, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. FedUpWithLife

    Well, we will have to go back to ignoring Ron Paul again, now.

    October 8, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Michigan_Joe

    Whoopy Do for Ron! Do people actually go to these far out events?

    October 8, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Mike

    How can those two goons come in 4th and 6th, and still be called "front-runners?"

    October 8, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Aki

    I'm impressed that a lot of Christians respected him. I guess there's something quite Christian about being pro-peace, and being humble about his faith. I also like how his message of liberty has brought Christians to him, even if he has voted against banning gay marriage.
    Go Ron. There is hope for America.

    October 8, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    Looks like pack 'em Paul buys another straw poll.

    Why are these even held if the end result can be bought?

    October 8, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Mike Dallas

    Manic Michelle was 5th?

    Looks like even the submissive "Stepford Wives" do not want her sniffing around in their uterus!

    October 8, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. jim dollinger

    why is this not on your front page? really....

    October 8, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Dr Paul for Prez

    The media are increasingly giving Ron Paul greater visibility. They seem to be realizing that he is the only experienced candidate - on either side - who is advocating the degree of change Americans are demanding. Mr. Obama is losing his own base, Mr. Perry is not smart enough to be president, and Mr. Romney will have great difficulty winning the necessary support of Evangelicals. If Dr. Paul will take a more supportive stance toward Israel I believe the media will really get behind him.

    October 8, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Gbone

    To be honest, Ron Paul probably has the best shot of winning moderate voters away from Obama. He is not religious right, but he should appeal to all conservative voters over Obama.

    If you want change, you want Ron Paul the next 4 years to transition this broken government back to the basics.

    October 8, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. shrivie

    WOW!!! Thanks CNN for reporting Ron Paul won. I am surprised to see a story about him.

    October 8, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Rygarie

    I would think Romney and Perry are not "front runners" anymore. I wish CNN would cut the crap and just embrace Ron Paul. An the last person I want running my country is a cancer ridden pizza man. Ron Paul 2012

    October 8, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. loveUSA

    All hail Obama for these wonderful "change":

    1) The highest ever average Jobless rate since the great depression
    2) Raising the poverty level
    3) Raising the deficit to Trillions every year, higher than any president
    4) Much higher death rate of American soldiers in Afghanistan that during Bush times

    If Obama was a CEO of a company he would have been fired long back, also no one will hire him. We Americans are too patient with him!

    October 8, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. JWR

    In my opinion The Family Research Council is made up of a bunch of "counterfeit" Christians. They don't live up to the Christian values that are written in the Holy Bible. They continue to sin with their tongues and deceive by their actions. They are just like the Pharisees that were the enemies of Jesus Christ. They are so self-righteous in their own minds and are very seldom led by the Holy Spirit. They have forgotten the commandment Jesus Christ spoke in John 13:34 "Love one another: as I have loved you, that you also love one another." (NKJV) Pray for them, they ignore and refuse to be led by the Spirit of God and they follow their own fleshly desires. Their concept of a relationship with God is based on asking God for their own fleshly desires without submitting themselves to God's will, His desires and His word. They need plenty of prayer for leadership and guidance by God's Holy Spirit and not their own ungodly and fleshly desires. This is not to say they are evil, but their influence is not from the Spirit of God, that's for sure. Check out their own words, actions and deeds and match them up with God's word; the Holy Bible.

    October 8, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Lisa

    PBSAT- Don't know where you got your info on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but they have never said any other church is wrong. They believe they have something to add to the truths that other churches have and they respect everyone's right to believe what you choose. You will never see any Mormon picket any other church or faith. The Book of Mormon in no way contradicts the Bible, in fact it is another testament of Christ and his visit to the peoples of the Americas. I would like to suggest that you open you mind and do some research before you post things that are blatantly not true. Mormons are defenders of separation of church and state, freedom of choice and living your life as Christ led his- serving others and being honest and good people.

    October 8, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. ton

    I see this isn't anywhere on the homepage. Typical. And Romney and Perry are still called front runners though they came in fourth and sixth. You mean 'former' front runners. I was almost surprised this was even mentioned on the Politics page. But great news. Go Ron Paul.

    October 8, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. mart

    This publication has no credibility. I am sick and tired of you posing in the minds of people that this is questionable.

    You look surprised why Ron won...why it could not be!! He is not supposed to win, why he just bussed in young people. It is always this way when he wins.
    What the other candidates did not try to win!!? This was a big event,
    Just look at the cast of characters out of the RNC that showed up.

    One media personality even said that who ever wins this poll would have a big boost for their campaign…but wait!!! A big boost unless of course you are Ron Paul.
    It is looking pretty stupid on your part to have the same old line.

    here's to liberty

    October 8, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. windwardtack

    Values Voters Summit has always had one day, Saturday tickets for those who can't come during the work week. When Ron Paul has not been speaking on that day, people still bought those tickets. But this year no one but people who only wanted to see Ron Paul did? How odd. And does VVS advertise to those coming for Saturday because that is all they can make that they are not really participants at the summit?

    Don't you ever embarrass yourself with this spin?

    October 8, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. RonPaul FTMFW

    Good Job Ron! I am getting my whole family to vote for you! All I had to do was warn them of Herman Cain's past. lol

    October 8, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Larry

    Sorry people have to work for a living on Fridays....duh! What are they going to say if he wins the actual presidential elections...."well um the only reason he won was because of all the people that voted for him derrrrr" Ron Paul 2012!!

    October 8, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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