November 22, 2011- Last Saturday another Republican straw poll was held in North Carolina. This poll required participants to have a voter’s registration number. The intention was to give an opportunity to both the state’s Republicans and Independents to select their choice from the entire field of Republican Presidential candidates.
The poll was a grassroots movement in response to the “official” poll that was held by the North Carolina State GOP members in which a small, select group of wealthy Republicans voted for Newt Gingrich. The voting was done online and could not be affected by spamming, as voter registration numbers were required. After the votes were tallied, it was announced that Ron Paul was the runaway winner.
Paul received 52% of the votes, over 30% more than his closest challenger, the former Congressman Newt Gingrich did. Gingrich received 22.1% of the vote. Following Gingrich was Herman Cain with just 13.3%, Mitt Romney with 3.6% and Michelle Bachmann with only 2.8%.
With the economic problems not going away and unemployment still near double digits, it is no surprise that a candidate like Ron Paul is winning a number of straw polls. This is his third victory in just over a month and indicates that his popularity is spreading quickly across the country. His stand on government spending, the deficit and foreign policy has attracted many avid supporters.