Mitt Romney wins
the First Illinois Straw Poll
Bragging rights was mostly won
by Mitt Romney at the first Illinois Straw Poll on Thursday, Ron
Paul finishes third.
the first time Illinois decided to join in on the straw-action
and a straw poll was held on Thursday at the State Fair. The
winner, however, left only with bragging rights and a little of
media attention, as the turnout was nowhere near Iowa - only 922
votes were cast at the Illinois State Fair. The Illinois Straw
Poll was won by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 40.4
percent or 373 of the votes.
To illustrate the irrelevance of the
Illinois Straw Poll on the GOP Presidential Race, former
Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson was second with 20% of the votes,
but Thompson has not formally announced his candidacy for
President. Ron Paul was third with 18.9 % or 174 votes, fourth
was former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani with 11.6 % and Sen.
John McCain of Arizona finished fifth with 4.1%.
The rest of the nine candidates' straw
6. Mike Huckabee - 3%
7. Sam Brownback - 1.1%
8. Duncan Hunter - 0.65%
9. Tom Tancredo - 0.33%
The Illinois Straw Poll did absolutely
nothing to move the odds on the GOP presidential hopefuls. Rudy
Giuliani is still the favorite to be named as the Republican
Candidate for the 2008 US Presidential Election with odds 11/10,
followed by John McCain at 5/1. Internet campaign master Ron
Paul is still at 25/1, odds by
Published on 08/16/2007