The Southern Republican Leadership Conference had a straw poll that the Paulbearers weren't able to steal with their mobbing action. I hope that this marks the beginning of the end of such childish antics by those anarchists.
(If the primary election for president were held today, for whom would you vote?)
Mitt Romney 24% (439)
Ron Paul 24% (438)Sarah Palin 18% (330)
Newt Gingrich 18% (321)
Mike Huckabee 4% (80)
Mike Pence 3% (58)
Tim Pawlenty 3% (54)
Rick Santorum 2% (41)
Gary Johnson 1% (3)
The straw poll had a question asking for the second choice. This is a good question, because it serves to indicate depth of support a candidate has for those who have someone else as a favorite. Gingrich, Palin and Romney are those candidates. Santorum, Pawlenty, Johnson and Paul are not.
This is the field fared on the second question...
(Who would be your second choice in the Republican Primary Election for president?)
Newt Gingrich 20% (339)
Sarah Palin 20% (332)
Mitt Romney 14% (242)
Mike Huckabee 11% (178)
Mike Pence 8% (141)
Rick Santorum 7% (125)
Tim Pawlenty 7% (114)
Gary Johnson 6% (104)
Ron Paul 6% (98)
The Republican Party has a long history of nominating the guy who came in second in the last nomination contest, and it is my belief that 2012 will be no different. The GOP Nomination for 2012 is his to lose, especially since Palin and Paul will be splitting the vote of those who might look to support anyone but Romney.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next couple of years.