February 11, 2012 |
Mitt Romney won a presidential preference straw poll of party activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, giving him a morale boost after a trio of losses earlier in the week that suggested the Republican base was still cool to the tentative front-runner. Romney was the choice of 38% of the 3,408 CPAC attendees who voted in the poll, and Rick Santorum finished second with 31%. Newt Gingrich won 15% and Ron Paul had 12%. Romney, Santorum and Gingrich addressed the conference on Friday.
March 1, 2012 |
Mitt Romney has won the Wyoming caucus straw poll, according to the state Republican Party in Casper. The former Massachusetts governor received 39% to Rick Santorum's 32%. Ron Paul was next at 21% and Newt Gingrich got 8%. The results, compiled during a series of precinct caucuses, are non-binding but will have an impact on the selection of at-large delegates at the state convention in April. The selection of the first 12 Wyoming delegates to the Tampa convention will begin on Super Tuesday at county conventions, which take place over several days.
August 27, 2012 |
USC quarterback Matt Barkley received more first-place votes than any player in the HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman straw poll. Barkley received nine of 11 first-place votes and appeared on 10 of 11 ballots in the weekly survey of Heisman voters from various regions. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, who finished fourth in full Heisman balloting last season, was second, followed by West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and quarterbacks EJ Manuel of Florida State, Collin Klein of Kansas State and running back De'Anthony Thomas of Oregon.
February 11, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Reversing his embarrassing string of setbacks earlier this week when he lost Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri to Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney eked out a narrow win in the straw poll tied to Maine's multiday caucuses Saturday, defeating Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who was the only other candidate to actively campaign in Maine. The peculiar Republican contest in Maine -- where caucusing began in some towns in late January and will continue in others after Saturday's presidential preference poll -- was viewed as something of an afterthought because many Republicans expected Romney to have the Republican nomination all but sewn up. Instead, the contest took on new importance as a test of the former Massachusetts governor's organizational strength after his losses Tuesday night.
August 13, 2011 |
Michele Bachmann captured the famed Iowa straw poll in Ames Saturday, reaching a high-profile benchmark in her meteoric rise to a top-tier presidential candidate. Bachmann made history as well, becoming the first woman to win the event. She received 4,823 votes out of the almost 17,000 votes cast. The turnout was a significant leap over four years ago but didn't approach the record of more than 23,000 votes cast back in 1999. The Minnesota congresswoman narrowly outpaced Libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, who had 4,671 votes, and whose red-T-shirt-wearing supporters flooded the campus of Iowa State University and packed the arena when Paul spoke.
December 19, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich emerged the winner in a Sunday night straw poll of tea party voters after he and three other Republican presidential candidates courted more than 23,000 activists during a tele-forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots coalition. Gingrich won with 31% of the vote. Second place went to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won 28%. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won 20%, and former Sen. Rick Santorum won 16%. All four participated in a pre-poll call with activists, in which they each spent 10 minutes responding to questions from participants and gave a 90-second closing pitch for support.