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. james lamm

    Strange, Wasn't it Paul who (based on debate in Florida) seems to think it is right to leave the sick poor
    to die if they don't have health insurance and can't find a charity to help them. I wonder what these clowns
    are thinking when they keep claiming we are a "Christian Nation".

    October 8, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. M.A.

    Good for you Ron! Keep on clipping at their heels.

    October 8, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. WOW

    at this point i would wager 20k that obama wins 2012.

    October 8, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Congratulations, CNN.
    1) You covered the story
    2) It was on the front page
    3) You didn't use a terrible picture
    4) Keep it up

    October 8, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  5. Pimpson

    Busted! Paul stuffed the ballot boxes. LMAO, what an idiot.

    October 9, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  6. Rob in MO

    Values???? Forcing women to continue unwanted pregnancies against their will is tyranny – hardly a value that we should embrace.

    October 9, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. CA Dream USA

    Rick Perry and Ron Paul are walking down the streets in Texas.....Ron Paul comes across a broken mirror in the streets and looks into the mirror and say's Hey I know that guy..Perry say's let me see that.......Perry looks into the mirror and yells at Ron Paul...Of course you know that guy..IT'S ME

    October 9, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. al

    Thank you cnn for giving Ron Paul some exposure. Keep it up!

    October 9, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  9. Billy Gee

    Perry and Romney only got single digits?!? Maybe these 'Value Voters' aren't as stoopid as they are made out to be. They still scare me a litle but at least they are not buying the two big name's BS.

    October 9, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. wayfarinstranger

    How's that for "unelectable"?

    October 9, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  11. Lick my value

    600 attendees cast 1,978 votes. Some "values'.

    (Paul's 37% being equal to 732, then 1,978 votes cast)

    October 9, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  12. BU

    "Values Voters"??? Seriously? These people vote single-mindedly, that is, mindlessly and are generally ignorant of the real issues facing the world. This type of all-or-nothing thinking is the real dark side of democracy and a great danger to our society....

    October 9, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  13. Not Fat

    Go to YouTube and search: Incredible Speech By Wall Street Protester "End The Fed" 2011

    The best case for Ron Paul I've yet heard. The GOP wants a stooge not Ron Paul.

    October 9, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  14. Anonymous

    It will be a real victory when the media stops catering to the "big name" candidates and addresses the issues. The election process is a great deal of the problem with this country.

    October 9, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  15. Oldie in TampaBay

    its almost laughable .. almost.

    October 9, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  16. Ron Paul is the only one who speaks the truth.

    But until Fox News accepts him as a true candidate he will never get the push he deserves. That is a shame; he is the only one with national appeal and can win. More people have to look at him seriously.

    October 9, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  17. LibbyRal

    Typical media smoke and mirrors trying to discredit Ron Paul's resounding victory. Implying that the voters weren't participants. In the Iowa straw poll, did you mention when Bachman, offered her 4000 supporters tickets to a free concert if they attended and voted for her. In her own home state. And she only beat Ron Paul by less than 200 votes.

    Media fear and foolishness is starting to backfire as people begin to wonder what you're so afraid of.

    October 9, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  18. Nathan

    That's my boy. Keep it up Dr. Paul. None of those so called "Top Teir" (which hisd truely a part) have won as many Straw Polls as you.

    October 9, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  19. Nathan

    This counrty and the MainStream Media is ready for a shock when they see how many of the masses truely support Dr. Paul.

    October 9, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  20. Jgi Gilmore

    hey did you guys ever think that maybe Friday sucks and you scheduled Ron Paul at 9am?

    October 9, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  21. Rikotete

    The irony is that Momons derivate their faith from Christianity, exactly the same than Baptists. No that the other arguments to defend his speech are also white trash.
    I don't like the turn Obama is having, but thinking in a goverment that has something to do wirh Perry values, make me panic, and I will vote Obama again, no matter how bad he do it.

    October 9, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  22. marcus

    Another great victory. Obama doesnt want to End Wars he loves just like Bush

    October 9, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  23. YouWontBeRecognized

    Awesome! All the hate-filled runners need blasted out of the race & out of politics!! Grace, Respect, Courtesy, & LOVE have been forgotten by these candidates. LIVE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS THEN, AND ONLY THEN, COME BACK! Otherwise, None of these are suitable for office!

    October 9, 2011 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  24. randy

    That dork pastor calling mormonism a cult,have he did not realized that his religion is a cult too,He's like kettle calling a pot black.It seems he gather fruits and forget to mention the apple.

    October 9, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  25. Henry McGilchrist

    IF Ron Paul wins a straw poll = FIXED
    IF Ron Paul loses a straw poll = FAIR

    Right Hates Ron Paul because the Right is Big Goverment Warfare
    Left Hates Ron Paul because the Left is BIg Government Welfare

    The Problem is Big Government. Our nation was founded on small government which is why the US became so prosperous – it is because we have lost our foundation that we are in this nightmare today.

    Run Ron Run! Ron Paul 2012 – The change we all wanted!

    October 9, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
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