October 24, 2011- U.S. Presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul won the Republican Straw Poll in Ohio on Saturday by a landslide. The conservative-libertarian’s victory was one more in his attempt to reach the White House. Over 53% of the vote went to Paul, with Herman Cain a distant second with just over 25%. Mitt Romney was well back in third with just less than 9% of the vote.
Saturday evening saw Paul supporters cheering as the announcement was made that he had won in an overwhelming fashion. Light pockets of laugher were also heard when officials announced that one-time high flying candidate Rick Perry, the current Texas governor, finished with only 2.8% of the vote for fifth place. Michele Bachmann was even further back with just 0.47% of the vote
The Ohio Swing Straw Poll is designed for Ohio Republicans to express their individual voices in the early part of the primary process that will eventually lead to the Republican nomination next summer. Each participant paid $25 to vote.
Paul can use this crushing victory as another feather in his cap in the most important Midwestern state of them all. The road to the Republican nomination and then the presidency is a long and difficult road but this first ever Straw Poll vote in Ohio shows that Dr.Paul is the front running candidate among Republicans.