Ron Paul wins California GOP Straw Poll

In what was perhaps the most substantial highlight of the GOP convention was the decisive victory by Ron Paul in the first ever presidential straw poll hosted by the California Republican Party. With a stunning 45 percent of the voter, Paul walked away as the favorite presidential candidate for those in attendance at the CRP convention.

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Ron Paul gave a speech at a breakfast event early Saturday Morning at the convention by the Los Angeles Lincoln Club. The audience was rabid and excited for Paul’s appearance and his raucous activists infused the convention with energy. Abuzz followed Paul wherever he went in the hotel and convention center. Paul’s usual message unabashed free market capitalism, non interventionist foreign policy and limited government ignited his supporters in attendance.

Undoubtedly, Paul’s appearance at the venue helped propel him in the straw poll, though Michele Bachmann, who was also in attendance, finished a distant fourth in the poll.

Jon Fleischman, publisher of the California Flash Report and a long-time state GOP officials, told me Paul’s victory was a result of money spent by supporters of Paul rather than an honest reading of what California Republicans are thinking about the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination. In fact, he said that a Ron Paul donor paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $26,000 in registration fees for Paul supporters to vote in the straw poll. Nonetheless though, Paul’s victory speaks to the commitment, energy and loyalty of his supporters.

Texas governor Rick Perry finished second in the straw poll with 29 percent of the vote where as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney finished with a mere 8 percent of the vote, right ahead of Bachmann’s meager 7 percent.

Here is the final tally:

Congressman Ron Paul (374, 44.9%)

Governor Rick Perry (244, 29.3%)

Mitt Romney (74, 8.8%)

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (64, 7.7%)

Jon Huntsman (17, 2.0%)

Herman Cain (15, 1.8%)

Newt Gingrich (14, 1.7%)

Thad McCotter (7, 0.8%)

Rick Santorum (7, 0.8%)

Gary Johnson (2, 0.2%)

Fred Karger (1, 0.1%)

Write-ins (15, 1.8%)


  1. It’s nice to see Ron Paul getting some love in the media! Too many times he get ignored and forgotten about after winning or coming close to winning polls. Thanks for letting the world know that Ron Paul won the California straw poll!

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