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September 24, 2011 | By Paul West
Comparing himself to Ronald Reagan, GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry promoted the predictive power of Saturday's straw poll in Florida and criticized rivals who chose to skip the nonbinding competition. The Texas governor offered a lavish breakfast buffet to all 3,500 delegates at the Florida Republican Party's daylong convention, being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Hundreds took him up on the offer, downing scrambled eggs, bacon, bagels and fruit cocktail as Perry worked the room, which was only partially filled.
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March 8, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
OXON HILL, Md.--For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the annual gathering of conservatives known as CPAC -- this year leading his closest rival by 20 points. The results were announced Saturday night as 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin closed out the Conservative Political Action Conference by arguing that an American "awakening" had begun due to the botched rollout of the President's healthcare law and what she called his "dopey wobbling on the world stage.
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August 13, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Tom Hamburger
Six contenders for the Republican presidential nomination made their pitches to die-hard conservative voters Saturday, and while the messages may have been different, they shared a common theme. “Get the government off our backs!” Tim Pawlenty told a packed arena on the campus of Iowa State University. Pawlenty was fighting to keep his campaign afloat - and needed a strong showing in the traditional Ames straw poll. As he and the other candidates spoke, thousands of voters lined up to vote, with the results expected late Saturday afternoon.
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March 7, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DES MOINES - For more than 40 years, Iowa voters have played a vital role in picking the nation's president, culling the field of hopefuls and helping launch a fortunate handful all the way to the White House. For about 35 of those years, Iowa has been the target of jealousy and scorn, mainly from outsiders who say the state, the first to vote in the presidential contest, is too white and too rural; that its caucuses, precinct-level meetings of party faithful, are too quirky and too exclusionary to play such a key role in the nominating process.
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February 11, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
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.
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March 8, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
OXON HILL, Md.--For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the annual gathering of conservatives known as CPAC -- this year leading his closest rival by 20 points. The results were announced Saturday night as 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin closed out the Conservative Political Action Conference by arguing that an American "awakening" had begun due to the botched rollout of the President's healthcare law and what she called his "dopey wobbling on the world stage.
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March 1, 2012 | By Paul West
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.
SPORTS
August 27, 2012 | By Gary Klein
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.
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February 11, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
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.
NEWS
August 13, 2011 | By James Oliphant
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.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By James Rainey
TAMPA, Fla. - Defeated Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain told a Tea Party Unity rally here Sunday night that the conservative movement they championed in the primary election season has lost none of its power and will be fully engaged in the fall campaign to defeat President Obama. Bachmann told the rally of about 1,200 tea party activists gathered at the River Church  that they had “already won” by forcing the Republican Party to adhere closely to the activists' goals of small government and reduced taxes.
SPORTS
August 27, 2012 | By Gary Klein
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.
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August 26, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
About a dozen Mar Vista residents gathered for a community council subcommittee meeting last week and admonished a small, anonymous group of their neighbors who have floated the idea of south Mar Vista being annexed to Culver City. This month, South Mar Vista Neighborhood Assn. President Steve Wallace emailed more than 200 people seeking "a straw vote" to gauge interest in exploring annexation. "It's my understanding that some residents of Mar Vista have been meeting for several months to discuss the pros and cons of south Mar Vista being run by Culver City instead of Los Angeles," the email read.
NEWS
March 22, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Newt Gingrich visited the Louisiana State University campus at Baton Rouge on Thursday night to speak to students and the Baton Rouge Tea Party. His supporters, it appeared, did not. Though Gingrich received a standing ovation when he entered the lecture hall, and though students clapped and took photos of Gingrich with their phones, those clapping the loudest included Tyler Bethea, 20, who is studying petroleum engineering at LSU and doesn't support...
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March 1, 2012 | By Paul West
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.
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February 16, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Mitt Romney has already had a caucus victory in Iowa undone. Could his win in Maine be next?   On Saturday, the Maine Republican Party released the results of a presidential preference straw poll that had been conducted over several weeks at municipal caucuses. The party declared Romney the winner by 194 votes over Ron Paul.   The result was immediately called into question by supporters of the Texas congressman, and for good reason -- not all the votes were counted. The tally was made public even though most towns in Washington County had yet to caucus -- their meetings were postponed because of snow -- and will instead be held this weekend.
NEWS
December 19, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
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.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher
It's the sort of week that could shake up the volatile Republican presidential field: the inaugural televised debate in Iowa, followed days later by the Iowa straw poll that will mark the first clash of organization muscle and popularity in the crucial, leadoff caucus state. Among the questions that could be answered: Will a clear challenger to GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney emerge? Is Michele Bachmann for real? Can Tim Pawlenty reignite his campaign? Is Rick Perry the political savior Republicans crave?
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Rick Santorum, who is enjoying a surge in fundraising and attention after winning three states last week in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, pushed back Sunday against the idea that his socially conservative views will alienate working women. The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania also minimized Mitt Romney's victory in Saturday's straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, implying that the Romney forces had somehow rigged the win. “For years, Ron Paul's won those because he just trucks in a lot of people, pays for their ticket, and they come in and vote and then they leave,” Santorum told CNN's Candy Crowley.
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