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Mitt Romney wins Republican straw poll
April 10, 2010 / 11:01 PM / 7 years ago

Mitt Romney wins Republican straw poll

<p>Former Republican presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney addresses the third session of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 3, 2008. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney narrowly won a popularity contest on Saturday for potential Republican presidential candidates at a gathering of 3,500 party loyalists.

Romney, who lost the Republican nomination to Senator John McCain in 2008, beat out Republican Representative Ron Paul in a straw poll of participants at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Romney did not attend the New Orleans conference, instead proceeding with a book tour that took him to New Hampshire on Thursday. Of 1,806 votes cast, Romney had 439 votes to Paul’s 438.

Sarah Palin, a former Alaska governor and the party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, came third with 330 votes, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 321.

Editing by Peter Cooney

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