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. Kate White

    Don't settle for a moderate? Ha! Like political extremism is really what we need right now.

    October 8, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. Mike

    This should be front-page news.

    October 8, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. D

    Ron Paul 2012!

    Hello America...welcome back from your temporary insanity (ie the last decade)

    October 8, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Mark

    How can America treat Ron Paul in this way? He is overwhelmingly a favorite, people that believe in Ron Paul believe in America.

    October 8, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. Patrick Ron Paul

    "Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said 600 attendees registered just for Saturday." Where were the other candidates supporters??? Ron Paul is AWESOME! So... what did he say? Or are you just going to talk about the other candidates who lost? Lame as usual.

    October 8, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. Jesse L. Tri-Cites, Wa

    Oh how awesome it is to see Ron Paul on the Political front page! More people need to hear what Ron Paul has to say! The media does a good job blacking him out. Go to YouTube and watch how he predicted the housing crash back in 2002! But nobody listened! Watch Ron Paul and learn what they don't want you to know!

    October 8, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. Montezuma336

    Love how you tried to justify it CNN. Face it hes the real deal RON PAUL 2012 !!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Easyrhino

    If any other GOP wins a straw poll it's front page news on FOX and every other conservative outlet. When Ron Paul wins a poll it's crickets chirping.

    Makes you wonder what they're afraid of.

    October 8, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Wow, Fox actually posting that Ron Paul wins. I hope you continue practicing what you preach.. Fair and Balance

    October 8, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Zach

    If Ron Paul wasn't running, I don't even know if I could bring myself to vote. Ron Paul 2012!

    October 8, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Rafay

    Thank you for sharing this news about Ron Paul!

    October 8, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  12. will

    For once, it would be nice to see a reporter say "The people spoke up again, and they picked Ron Paul to be their top candidate" instead of trying to downplay his wins. Come on already, admit that Ron Paul is a viable top tier candidate and that the people are behind him (even if the corporation and establishment is not).

    October 8, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. Hunter

    Another Ron Paul article that doesn't focus on the good Doctors plan but rather focuses on his opponents that are bought and paid for by the global elite banking cartel. Wake up America!!!!

    October 8, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  14. Spigot

    Why is this listed under 'mormonism controversy'?

    October 8, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. truthspeaks

    That was a very bad reporting you guys at CNN did after Ron Paul won the straw poll, in fact Ron Paul is winning more straw polls then he did in 2008/2007, Oh and CNN that report by Peter Hamby was a an epic failure it was nothing more then a hit piece, people who saw it live said that there weren't hardly any boos.

    I wonder Did Cain Stuff the ballot box in florida????

    October 8, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  16. Tod

    Dr. Paul is the ONLY GOP candidate worthy of my vote because of the unparalleled integrity and the amazing wisdom and foresight he has exhibited over the years. Six years before the collapse of the housing bubble, Ron Paul predicted it would happen and explained WHY it would happen. Two weeks before it happened, Herman Cain was still in denial, calling it a "fairy tale". Let's see: Ron Paul or Herman Cain? No contest, just as there was no contest in this straw poll. Ron Paul 2012! I'll be donating to the BlackThisOut Moneybomb on October 19th and hope you do too. Tell your friends about it! Let's make this thing HUGE!!!!

    October 8, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  17. Legalize America

    🙂 Not only did Ron Paul win a handfull of straw polls, he only lost 2. FL, IA, and someone there in Iowa drove in 4000 people. FL Cain won after he talked about cancer, Other then that he will fade as Bachmann, then Perry, Romney have.

    Last hope America, Ron Paul. Take it or leave it... All republicans who do not stand behind Ron Paul, will find themselves voted out of office as well when the dust settles.. You can be part of the solution, or you are the problem. capish?

    October 8, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  18. Army officer

    Nice biased reporting media! If Romney or Cain would have one it would have been a valid win! But not for Dr Ron Paul. He must have cheated to win. Face the facts, Ron Paul is a top tier candidate.

    October 8, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  19. Silentazure

    So people paid to come to the summit and voted for Ron Paul. Isn't that called democracy?

    October 8, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. Not fooled

    Another indication that the Republicans are all over the map and are not satisfied with their candidates.

    October 8, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. Dave

    Ya Paul's the only honest politician and hope for this country but the two fascist parties would never let him win and put out constant misinformation and lies since they have to protect their corporate interests and don't give a damn about the rest of "US"...

    October 8, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. Tony

    So sick of the media dictating who is a front runner while at the same time not giving coverage to other candidates.

    October 8, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    strange to me. Paul seems to have no problem (based on the debate in Florida) that poor people that get sick from
    something costly and can't find a benefactor should be left to die. Some values from our so called
    "Christian nation"

    October 8, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ron Paul is an idealist and doesn't really understand what is going on this reality. We can't just up and leave from where we are and the alliances we have built up (most of which since WWII and the cold war). Yes, it would be nice to reduce regulations, but they are there because businesses have failed to self regulate. They are doing what they can to make money and don't care about the rest. Companies won't bother to clean up the polution unless they are forced to do that. That is just part of my problem with Paul.

    October 8, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  25. George

    Ron Paul is a good honest decent man and would be a wonderful president, but the establishment will run all over him.

    October 8, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
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