Results for the FRC Straw Poll-Huckabee wins huge in on-site voting!

–By Mike Allen
October 20, 2007
Read More: Republicans
A tale of two straw polls

It could be an episode of Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story.” Mitt Romney was announced from the podium Saturday afternoon as the winner of the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Straw Poll,” narrowly edging Mike Huckabee.

But it turns out that the 5,775-vote total included thousands of people who had voted online, and could have become eligible by paying as little as $1 to join FRC Action, the legislative action arm of Family Research Council.

Although the audience at the Washington Hilton was not told, the crowd favorite among the 952 attendees who voted in person turned out to be Huckabee by a mile. He got 51 percent of the in-person votes, compared to just 10 percent for Mitt Romney.

This led one rival to suggest the headline, “Romney Win$ Straw Poll.”

The in-person figures were provided later at a news conference, and online at

The two groups agreed on one thing: Hillary Clinton was voted “least acceptable” candidate both overall (4,141 votes, or 72 percent) and in on-site voting (733 votes, or 77 percent). In total voting, Giuliani was the runner-up as least-acceptable, ahead of all the Democrats on the ballot. On-site, that honor went to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)

Asked about the disparity in the two totals, FRC President Tony Perkins said his group had put out all the figures, and news organizations were free to report and interpret it as they wished, including “as two distinct polls.” He said FRC has stuck to the rules of the straw poll as it had been described from the beginning, and could not stop candidates from influencing the results.

Perkins said: “There’s going to be some natural disparity because when people hear someone, they’re going to be motivated. There’s no question in my mind, Governor Huckabee gave the best speech at this event. I mean, that was a clear motivational factor.”

Here are the total results:

Mitt Romney – 1,595 votes — 27.62%
Mike Huckabee – 1,565 votes — 27.15%
Ron Paul — 865 votes — 14.98%
Fred Thompson — 564 votes — 9.77%
Undecided — 329 votes — 5.70%
Sam Brownback – 297 votes — 5.14%
Duncan Hunter — 140 votes — 2.42%
Tom Tancredo — 133 votes — 2.30%
Rudy Giuliani — 107 votes 1.85%
John McCain — 81 votes — 1.40%

And here are the on-site results:

Mike Huckabee — 488 votes — 51.26%
Mitt Romney — 99 votes — 10.40%
Fred Thompson — 77 votes — 8.09%
Tom Tancredo — 65 votes — 6.83%%
Rudy Giuliani — 60 votes — 6.30%
Duncan Hunter — 54 votes — 5.67%
John McCain — 30 votes — 3.15%
Sam Brownback — 26 votes — 2.73%
Ron Paul — 25 votes — 2.63%
Undecided — 11 votes — 1.16%


One Response

  1. I support Ron Paul but Huckabee is certainly an impressive man. I personally think the perfect ticket would be McCain and Huckabee. Guiliani, thompson, and romney should be ran out of town in my opinion. I really like that Huckabee openly supports the Fair Tax bill. I think that would be a move TOWARDS liberty for the American people. I hope he keeps mentioning it and I hope he ends up in the top two.

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