Romney Wins New Hampshire GOP Straw Poll, Ron Paul Comes Second

Romney Wins New Hampshire GOP Straw Poll, Ron Paul Comes Second

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Jan. 22 2011 4:25 PM

Romney Wins New Hampshire GOP Straw Poll, Ron Paul Comes Second

A very, very small straw poll -- limited to 426 registered members of the state Republican committee, of which 273 participated -- gives Mitt Romney the lead in his 2012 must-win state. Results :

Mitt Romney - 35 percent
Ron Paul - 11 percent
Tim Pawlenty - 8 percent
Sarah Palin - 7 percent
Michele Bachmann - 5 percent
Jim DeMint - 5 percent
Herman Cain - 4 percent
Chris Christie - 3 percent
Rick Santorum - 3 percent
Mitch
Daniels - 3 percent
Newt Gingrich - 3 percent
Mike Huckabee - 3 percent
Mike Pence - 3 percent
Rudy Giuliani - 2 percent
Judd Gregg - 2 percent
Gary Johnson - 2 percent
Donald Trump - 1 percent
Haley Barbour - 1 percent
John Huntsman - 0 percent
John Thune - 0 percent

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Even more interesting, via Amy Walter, are the answers to a question about what the GOP's priorities should be:

Reducing the size of the federal government: 49 percent
Reducing the size of federal debt/deficit 15 percent
Stimulating the economy to create jobs; 14 percent
Repealing health care: 7 percent

It's such a small sample that we can't read too much into it; it's no secret that the state's Republican leaders are more libertarian than those in other states.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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