Ron Paul Wins Values Voter Summit Straw Poll; Bachmann Near Top of VP List
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Texas) won the presidential straw poll among attendees of this weekend's Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
Paul took 37 percent of the vote, or 732 of the 1,983 ballots cast.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, the summit's organizer, said he believes Paul's supporters rigged the straw poll.
Perkins was quoted as saying that 600 people -- presumably Ron Paul supporters -- registered for the summit on Saturday morning and left after Paul gave his speech. "You do the math," CBS News quoted Perkins as saying.
Former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain placed second in the presidential poll, with 23 percent of the vote; former Sen. Rick Santorum placed third with 16 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry tied for fourth with 8 percent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took 4 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took 3 percent, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman got 0 percent.
Paul also won the vice presidential poll, with with 14 percent of the vote. Michele Bachman tied with “undecided” at 12 percent, followed by Herman Cain (11%) Sen. Marco Rubio (10%), Rick Santorum (9%), and Newt Gingrich (8%).
The rest of the candidates were in single digits – Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin near the bottom of the pack with 1 percent of the vote.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal garnered 3 percent of the vote for vice president; followed by N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell , all at 2 percent.
Joining Romney and Palin with one percent of the vote were Mitch Daniels, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
At the bottom with 0% were Rep. Thad McCotter (Mich.) and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.