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.
March 8, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
September 24, 2011 |
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.
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.