Ron Paul declared winner of Illinois Republican straw poll

CHICAGO Sat Nov 5, 2011 11:42pm EDT

Republican presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul speaks at the annual Republican Party of Iowa Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

Republican presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul speaks at the annual Republican Party of Iowa Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, November 4, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Jim Young

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ron Paul was declared the winner on Saturday of a weeklong Republican presidential straw poll in Democratic President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois.

Texas Congressman Paul won 52 percent of the combined 3,649 online and in-person votes cast between October 29 and Saturday evening. He won 66.5 percent of the votes cast over the Internet and 8 percent of those cast in person.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney earned 7 percent of the online votes cast and 35 percent of the in-person votes, winning the most in-person votes cast at 22 locations, the party said.

Businessman Herman Cain won 15 percent of the online vote and 29 percent of the in-person vote.

Romney's and Cain's combined totals were not immediately announced.

Each voter was required to make a $5 contribution to the Illinois Republican Party to cover costs of the straw poll and to support state and local Republican candidates.

"Today's straw poll was an excellent opportunity to showcase our party's strength one year out of the election," said Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady. "I am pleased with today's turnout and look forward to building on our successes from 2010."

Republicans hope to make Illinois a contested state in the 2012 general election, after Obama won his home state easily in the 2008 election.

Illinois Republicans captured four additional seats in the House of Representatives in the 2010 mid-term elections, giving them an 11 to eight majority.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (48)
devinesara wrote:
A refreshingly unbiased bit of actual reporting.

Nov 05, 2011 11:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
thebruce wrote:
this man deserves FAR more attention from the media.

Nov 05, 2011 11:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RoadtoSurfdom wrote:
When in thunder are the media types going to realize that Ron is the front runner? In the past 5 months he’s tied for 2nd in the Ames straw poll, Ohio, California, close 2nd in South Carolina, DC Voters value poll, and now Illinoise. And a few others I have surely forgotten.

Ron will win Iowa and probably take New Hampshire.

Everywhere he goes he draws a crowd. Tonight, Herman and Newt debated in front of an empty crowd here in The Woodlands.

The nation is calling for Ron Paul. The media needs to shift away from their microwave dinner candidates and start looking at the full 7 course meal with Paul.

Congrats on another win for Ron Paul.

The Revolution continues.

Nov 05, 2011 12:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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