Ron Paul Wins Arkansas Straw Poll Despite being in Huckabee’s Home StateSubmitted by Pimpin Turtle d... on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 01:59
Ron Paul Wins Arkansas Straw Poll Despite being in Huckabee’s Home State
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Northwest Arkansas is considered a stronghold for the Republican Party in an otherwise heavily Democratic state. On Tuesday, the first straw poll for this campaign was held in Bentonville with a turnout of 142 registered voters to cast votes for their Presidential candidate of choice.
Although most people would think Mike Huckabee would be the clear winner in his home state, this was not the case. In a strong showing of support, Congressman Ron Paul took home the victory with a 37% piece of the pie.
The Benton County Republican Straw Poll was truly a packed house. Ron Paul’s regional director Mark Moore was in attendance and gave a short speech to the crowd of young and old alike.
Not only did Arkansas’s former Governor Mike Huckabee not take first place, he didn’t even finish second, losing to Mitt Romney who garnered 24% to Huckabee’s 21%.
John McCain came in with 14%. Rudy Guiliani only got 2.8%. Fred Thompson received one vote, even though he had officially dropped out earlier in the day.
For months now, signs of support for Congressman Paul have been popping up across Northwest Arkansas ranging from tail-gating events to sign-waving parties, which can be attributed to the passionate Ron Paul MeetUp groups throughout the local area.
The Ron Paul Revolution is sweeping the nation one county at a time. The Benton County and the Siloam Springs MeetUps for Ron Paul both have members running for various offices in the up-coming local elections. Keep up the great work Arkansas!
- Mr. E