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Mike Pence takes top spot in Values Voter Summit straw poll [Palin comes in 5th]
Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2010 | Felicia Sonmez

Posted on 09/18/2010 2:19:54 PM PDT by ejdrapes

Mike Pence takes top spot in Values Voter Summit straw poll

By Felicia Sonmez

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) took the top spot Saturday in a presidential straw poll of social conservatives meeting in Washington, a surprise victory over last year's overwhelming favorite, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

Pence placed first with 24 percent in the straw poll of 723 social conservatives at the Family Research Council's fifth annual Values Voter Summit. Huckabee took second place with 22 percent, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney came in third with 13 percent and former House speaker Newt Gingrich took fourth with 10 percent.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin took fifth with 7 percent. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, another potential 2012 GOP hopeful, took 1 percent of the straw poll vote.

Pence beat out 16 other leading Republicans on the straw poll ballot. Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) were originally to appear on the ballot but asked to have their names removed. Pawlenty, who is on a trade mission in Asia, told reporters on a conference call Friday that he "didn't think it would be appropriate to participate" in the straw poll if he couldn't attend the summit.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; christianvote; frc; huckabee; mikepence; palin; pence; pence2012; romney; valuesvote; valuesvoters; valuesvoterssummit
Had Michele Bachmann allowed herself to be in the poll I think she would have taken first or second. I saw her speech on CSPAN and the crowd went nuts. Surprised to see Palin in fifth. Is that because she didn't attend the event?
1 posted on 09/18/2010 2:19:56 PM PDT by ejdrapes
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To: ejdrapes

‘former House speaker Newt Gingrich took fourth with 10 percent. ‘

Enough said.


2 posted on 09/18/2010 2:21:15 PM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: ejdrapes

How could Huckabee, Mitt and Newt outpoll Sarah Palin? Something’s mighty wrong here.


3 posted on 09/18/2010 2:21:45 PM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: ejdrapes

Straw polls are as meaningless as internet polls. It’s all about who attends the straw poll and is not any kind of gauge of likely voter support.


4 posted on 09/18/2010 2:24:37 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Barbour 2012)
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To: ejdrapes

Pence is great, when I lived in Indianapolis, I would listen to his radio show...in my opinion though he would best serve now as speaker rather than run for president.


5 posted on 09/18/2010 2:25:31 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: ejdrapes; onyx
-—”Surprised to see Palin in fifth. Is that because she didn't attend the event?”-—

LOL, yeah. When you don't attend the event, and every other candidate has staff, supporters, and friends present to back them, you don't finish very high. Most of these folks rounded-up people for the purpose of attending and voting in the straw poll (which is entirely normal).

The truly funny part is: Pence isn't running and has said so. I always do get a kick out of the fact that Romney gets about as many votes in every straw poll as he does in that state's primary.......

The second truly funny part is that everyone picked Sarah Palin as their Veep (#2) to their candidate of choice. This tells you all you need to know in several parts:

1.) She is, cumulatively, the most popular figure.
2.) Everybody thinks they'll need her on the ticket.
3.) She doesn't even need to attend to be everyone’s #1 or #2 choice.

6 posted on 09/18/2010 2:27:24 PM PDT by TitansAFC ("Lindsey Graham is a great leader....and America needs him in the Senate" - Jim DeMint)
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To: Artemis Webb

Is there a reason Palin didn’t attend this event? Has she attended in the past?


7 posted on 09/18/2010 2:27:47 PM PDT by ejdrapes (I like leaders that don't need teleprompters or notes written on their hand....)
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To: ejdrapes

Pence is the best choice I’ve heard so far for conservatives.


8 posted on 09/18/2010 2:29:20 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: ejdrapes

-—”Is there a reason Palin didn’t attend this event?”-—

As the organizers themselves said, “she doesn’t need to.”

She was in Iowa as the headlining speaker for the biggest GOP event in the state. See previous Palin threads for details.


9 posted on 09/18/2010 2:33:06 PM PDT by TitansAFC ("Lindsey Graham is a great leader....and America needs him in the Senate" - Jim DeMint)
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To: ejdrapes

Did Palin even go to the event? =.=


10 posted on 09/18/2010 2:38:33 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Palter

‘former House speaker Newt Gingrich took fourth with 10 percent. ‘

Enough said.

EXACTLY


11 posted on 09/18/2010 2:39:34 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Artemis Webb
Straw polls are as meaningless as internet polls. It’s all about who attends the straw poll and is not any kind of gauge of likely voter support.

Huck and Mitt are notorious for paying people to go to these things.

12 posted on 09/18/2010 2:50:24 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: Walts Ice Pick

It was not a poll on FR, just regular republicans.


13 posted on 09/18/2010 2:52:15 PM PDT by Undocumented_capitalist (All muslims are not terrorist, but most terrorists are muslims.)
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To: Brilliant

Pence could play James Bond if he was in acting business.


14 posted on 09/18/2010 2:54:18 PM PDT by Undocumented_capitalist (All muslims are not terrorist, but most terrorists are muslims.)
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To: ejdrapes

I saw Bachmann and DeMint speak. I thought both were very good. Didn’t see Pence but I can’t imagine Huck or Romney being as good as DeMint.


15 posted on 09/18/2010 2:55:14 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: ejdrapes
"Values Voter Summit"

What makes the "values" of these attendees any better or more relevant than in elections than other Conservative voters?

Pence, Huckabee, Mitt, then Newt... HA!

16 posted on 09/18/2010 2:57:16 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: OrioleFan

Going into the 2008 cycle Ron Paul won a bunch of straw polls by busing in supporters.


17 posted on 09/18/2010 3:09:40 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Barbour 2012)
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To: ejdrapes

Pence would make a great POTUS


18 posted on 09/18/2010 3:32:35 PM PDT by MattinNJ (NJ's new slogan. Garrett and Christie. Perfect together.)
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To: ejdrapes

How about ONE conservative candidate who will NOT give path to citizenship amnesty to illegal aliens. If things don’t change, looks like I’ll be using a ‘write in’.


19 posted on 09/18/2010 4:12:02 PM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote! DeMint, 2012)
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To: ejdrapes

How could Mitt Romney gotten any votes given his atrocious record on values issues in Massachusetts?


20 posted on 09/18/2010 4:44:51 PM PDT by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: TitansAFC

Actually pence was the top VP choice...in addition to being the top choice for POTUS.


21 posted on 09/18/2010 5:46:11 PM PDT by Gipper08 (a real conservative for Congress... travishankins.com)
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To: ejdrapes

Fortunately the Value Voter Summit will not be electing the next President...


22 posted on 09/18/2010 6:34:00 PM PDT by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: ejdrapes

Here was our conservative voice on health care by Mr. Pence
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT7xfoSiH5Q


23 posted on 09/18/2010 9:55:09 PM PDT by Bronzy
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