Romney Edges Santorum In Conservatives’ Straw Poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has won The Washington Times/CPAC Presidential Straw Poll of conservative activists.

The former Massachusetts governor is favored as the Republican presidential nominee by 38 percent of the 3,408 respondents. Rivals Rick Santorum drew 31 percent, and Newt Gingrich was favored by 15 percent. All three candidates addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Friday.

Romney had encouraged students to attend the convention, and 44 percent of them participated in the poll.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 12 percent. He won the straw poll in the previous two years. Paul did not attend the conference to campaign in Maine.

GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio said the poll was held online for the first time this year and produced the second highest turnout in the conference’s history.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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  1. Tom says:

    Considering what the nuts have been saying abour Romney on TV in recent weeks this a huge surprise, but it is not a blow out either. Romney probably made alot fo promises to the people he met with privately the other day.

  2. Pundit says:

    It’s no secret the Main Stream Media want Romney. As a RINO, he’s the least repugnant republican to replace Obama.

    And, if he gets the nomination, suddenly Mormonism will be deemed a cult and he will be viciously attacked for his religion.

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