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Sweet blog extra: Romney wins Illinois straw poll. Thompson 2nd. Paul 3rd. Giuliani 4th. McCain 5th. Huckabee 6th.


REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL.---The Illinois GOP straw poll--not influenced by the kind of pay-to-play politics that marked the Iowa balloting--- handed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday another victory and might take some of the Big Mo away from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee who was basking in the glory of coming in second in the Iowa straw vote.

But Republicans casting ballots at the State Fair in Springfield --all 922 of them--put former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.)-- who one of these days will make his candidacy official--in second only a point ahead of the iconoclastic Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) who came in third. Mostly spurned by Land of Lincoln GOP straw voters were former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Romney poured money into Iowa but the Illinois straws came with no stumping from the candidates, very little surrogate campaigning and freshly spawned statewide organizations. Romney in Illinois ran with the backing for former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) who on Friday will make official his decision not to seek another term.

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from the Illinois GOP party....

Mitt Romney Wins Illinois Straw Poll

SPRINGFIELD, IL –Illinois State Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna announced today that Mitt Romney won the Illinois Straw Poll on Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair.

“Congratulations to Mitt Romney, whose strong showing today indicates he has begun to put together a strong statewide organization” said McKenna. “There’s no question that Illinois’ demographics closely match those of the United States and this could be an indication as to whom Illinois voters are leaning toward this coming February.”

The Illinois Republican Party sponsored the straw poll during its Republican Day festivities at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Requirements to participate were: having participated in one of the previously held Republican Presidential Debates; or having polled above 5% in a national, independent poll.

“As I watched hundreds of people literally standing in the rain to vote in our straw poll, it drove home that the Illinois Republican Party is strongly united,” said McKenna. “This was a phenomenal opportunity for the grassroots leaders of the Party to hear from the presidential campaigns.”

The Illinois Republican Presidential Straw Poll was conducted on electronic voting machines and ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Final Results:

Mitt Romney – 40.35%
Fred Thompson – 19.96%
Ron Paul – 18.87%
Rudy Giuliani – 11.61%
John McCain – 4.12%
Mike Huckabee – 3.04%
Sam Brownback – 1.08%
Duncan Hunter - .65%
Tom Tancrado - .33%


Interesting, somebody articulate with family values. Just what we need to beat Hillary/Obama 2008.

Romney is probably to the left of Hillary.

Maybe they stood in the rain because they thought it would be like the August University of Iowa poll and they could vote for Obama - who came in ahead of Thompson:

I wonder what Mitt Romney thinks on the issue of Global Poverty, and even domestic poverty. Does he believe that it is a responsibility of our country to take it on or is it an "each to his own" idea?

As the presidential debates heat up and tensions increase, the candidates need to be reminded of the critical issues that still trouble our society today. Issue such as global poverty needs to be address by our candidates to each other and to the general public. As one of the nations that has pledge to fulfill the goals of Millennium Development Project, whose goal is the elimination of world hunger and poverty, the Bush Administration has not shown any substantial action to bring this fundamental problem to a stop. According to the Borgen Project, dedicated to fighting and ending Poverty around the world, only $19 billion dollars are needed annually to stop world wide poverty, hunger and malnutrition. However, more than $340 billion dollars has been poured into this “war on terror.” And each year, our country has a military budge of $522 billion dollars. It's time for a new leader who will be addressing an issue that affects 1.2 billion people everyday worldwide.

American voters vote for the best looking and tallest candidate: Hello President Mitt Romney

I would like to see candidates support global poverty, we see that the focus of most candidates has been "fighting" immigration but I believe that global poverty and immigration have to do with the same core issue. If we focused on fighting global poverty there would be less need for people to leave their countries in search of a better future.

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