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February 11, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The number of votes cast in a straw poll of conservative activists was only a couple thousand fewer than the total at Maine caucuses. But for Mitt Romney, the verdict of attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference may have been a more significant victory Saturday. It was the best showing for any Republican presidential hopeful since George W. Bush won 42% of the vote at CPAC's 2000 confab. But it wasn't Romney's first victory there; he won the straw polls from 2007 to 2009.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
February 7, 2012 | By Paul West
Rick Santorum dealt Mitt Romney a setback Tuesday night, winning the presidential primary in Missouri as Republicans in three states voted on a day that could produce a shift in the momentum of the 2012 race. The former Pennsylvania senator's victory in the nonbinding “beauty contest” gave him bragging rights on a day when Romney had once been expected to gain a sweep. Romney, still the favorite for the GOP nomination, had managed to put back-to-back successes together with wins in Florida and Nevada.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2012 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
It was almost as if the Michele Bachmann campaign expected no one to show up at all. Bachmann kept a light schedule Monday, with her first stop at a diner so small that there was no room for her. It was so packed with cameras, reporters and a smattering of customers that an aide said Bachmann wouldn't come in unless a few people moved. "But she will be appearing down the street at the Diggity Dog," the aide said. A walking tour of well-worn storefronts seemed a world away from those heady days in August when Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll, which landed her on the cover of Newsweek.
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
December 5, 2011 | By James Oliphant
When you look at the calendar, the dizzying ride of the Cain Train basically lasted just over two months. It only felt much, much longer. Herman Cain bolted into the national political conversation with his surprising win at a straw poll among Florida's conservatives in late September. The victory came on the heels of the unveiling of his "9-9-9" tax plan, which would soon become as ubiquitous as Cain himself. The first story on the sexual harassment allegations that would result in a cascade of claims that would utlimately do Cain in came at the end of October.
NEWS
October 29, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Herman Cain and Mitt Romney are at the top of the pack in Iowa, according to a new Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night. The survey of likely caucusgoers showed Cain, the former pizza chain executive, leading all Republican presidential hopefuls with 23%. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is just 1 point behind; Texas Rep. Ron Paul placed third with 12%. Romney narrowly led in the last Register poll, conducted in June,...
NATIONAL
October 28, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
For months, Herman Cain floated under the radar as other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination were poked, prodded and scrutinized by a voracious national media. A businessman with no elective office experience, Cain could say anything he wanted — and did — because few were paying attention. Then Cain unleashed his catchy 9-9-9 tax reform plan. He won a straw poll in Florida and vaulted into the top tier, tying or besting front-runner Mitt Romney in some polls.
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