Romney captures CPAC straw poll

Mitt Romney at CPAC (Reuters)

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, long criticized by conservatives as a “RINO” (Republican In Name Over) won over enough right-wing activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to win the event’s straw poll Saturday, beating out challenger Rick Santorum.

Romney carried the straw poll with 38 percent of the vote, compared to 31 percent for Santorum.  Former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich finished a distant third with 15 percent and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who skipped the event, brought up the rear with 12 percent.

While the straw poll win is not an official endorsement from the conference, it does show Romney gaining ground with conservatives, something his campaign needs after losing three contests to Santorum earlier in the week.

The straw poll win gave the Romney camp two doses of good news Saturday.  He also captured the Maine caucus.

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    • Doug Thompson

      Of course, when Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll in 2010, the Paulites treated it like the second coming. Ah, the hypocrisy of it all. :)

  1. Sandy Price

    I cheered Ron Paul’s win every chance I got. But then I’m not a real American; just a common non-believer in the occult. I’m fully out of the world of politics and my greatest fears for America loom loud and clear in the Conservative movement. They don’t want profits; they want the souls of all Americans. Hell and Damnation can be a more powerful threat than profits. My soul is not for sale and my faith in American values are gone.

    Even when a chosen candidate has no chance in hell of winning, sometimes, it just feels good to vote for him because it comes from our rational minds, not our fear of hell and damnation.

    I will not do this again. America is not worth it.