Ron Paul Wins Values Voter Summit Straw Poll In Landslide
Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul won the Value Voters straw poll on Saturday night, outpacing rival GOP contenders in a double-digit landslide.
Paul won 37-percent of the poll of evangelical Christian and social conservatives, which held their convention in Washington, DC. His closest rival, former pizza mogul Herman Cain, came in a distant second with 23-percent.
Cain’s second-place showing is in sharp contrast to his recent surge in polls since winning the Florida Republican straw poll in a landslide two weeks ago. The business executive rose in popularity after the surprise win, tieing for first with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in some surveys. A new Zogby poll released last Thursday shows Cain beating perennial front-runner Romney by 20 points, reports The State Column.
The other two front-runners, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry, both pulled in single-digit results in the poll. Perry came in fourth with 8-percent, and Romney placed sixth with 4-percent. Former Pennsylvania Congressman Rick Santorum, a non-shower in national polls, finished ahead of both candidates with 16-percent.
Saturday’s results are vastly different from those taken last year, reports ABC News. Then, Paul was a non-starter in the poll, which was won by Republican Congressman Mike Pence, with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee coming in second.
“Dr. Paul’s standing among Christian conservative voters is growing as people become more familiar with the man as well as the message,” the Texas Chronicle quoted Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton as saying.
However, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins suggested ballot-stuffing by Paul supporters skewed the straw poll results, CBS News reports. 600 people who registered Saturday morning “left after Ron Paul spoke,” Perkins said, noting that a total of 1,983 ballots were cast.
“You do the math,” Perkins told reporters.
This line appears to be a new mantra in the media, used to dispel Paul’s repeated wins at straw polls across America. Since winning the CPAC poll for the last two years running, media spin has moved from calling the convention a vital pulse-taker for the mood of conservative Republicans to a more minimized role. Other polls the Texas conservative-libertarian wins are “outliers” and their relevancy downplayed, according to media spin.
But audience members may have been swayed by Paul’s speech to the convention Saturday, where he connected his views and modern-day politics to Biblical passages. Paul quoted Samuel, Chapter 1, Verse 8, where Samuel talks about the people of Israel wanting a king, and about the danger in that.
“In Samuel, he knew that he wasn’t going to be around long. He advised the people of Israel not to accept the king because, he warned, the king would not be generous,” Paul said. “He would undermine their liberties, there would be more wars, [and] there would be more taxes [….].”
Paul also said the “most important governing body” in people’s lives is the family, a line that got resounding applause from the social conservative crowd.