Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has narrowly won the Values Voter Summit straw poll in Washington, DC.
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By Jim Brown
October 20, 2007
Romney, who garnered 1,595 votes, edged out former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who tallied 1,565.
Texas congressman Ron Paul came in a surprise third with 865 votes, while former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson was fourth with 564 votes. A total of 5,776 votes were cast at the event sponsored by the Family Research Council.The top 4 issues that "value voters" said they cared about the most were life (abortion), marriage, tax cuts, and permanent tax relief for families. Today's straw poll was the second largest straw poll conducted in this election cycle.
Summit straw poll: Huckabee a landslide with onsite audience; Romney wins overall via online voters
Posted on Oct 21, 2007 by Erica Simons
WASHINGTON (BP)--Results of the Values Voter Summit straw poll still are being assessed about what it means regarding social conservatives’ support for Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.
Hucakbee topped Romney by 488 to 99 among those in the onsite audience, but Romney won the overall vote by 30 votes, 1595 to 1565, with the help of strong online support.
The vote was a part of a briefing sponsored by the Family Research Counsel (FRC), Focus on the Family, and other social conservative activist groups. Held this weekend in Washington D.C., the gathering gave republican presidential candidates an opportunity to vie for the support of America’s “values voters”.
Romney presented a strong pro-life message and family-focused platform, brushing aside skepticism by some evangelical Christians about his Mormon faith and his relatively recent pro-life conversion.
“I am pleased that so many people of faith have come to support my candidacy and my message,” Romney told the crowd Friday evening.
Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor and long-time pro-life advocate, felt at home among the conservatives. “I am a person of faith, and I came from the very roots of the faith movement,” he told press at a conference shortly after addressing the summit.
Among the crowd in the ballroom, Fred Thompson finished third with 77 votes and Guiliani took fifth, garnering 60 votes -- Tom Tancredo edged him out for fourth with 65 votes.Rounding out the overall vote, Ron Paul placed third (865), Fred Thompson fourth (564) and “Undecided” was the fifth most frequent response. Rudy Giuliani, despite an attempt to isolate his pro-choice stance and support for same-sex marriage, managed just ninth place with 107 votes, less than two percent of the vote.
Erica Simons is an intern with the Washington bureau of Baptist Press.