Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was named the winner of the Illinois Straw Poll on Saturday as the state’s Republicans showed their preference for their party’s presidential nomination to oppose President Barack Obama.
“I congratulate Congressman Paul on his victory,” Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady said in a statement. “It is clear Illinois Republicans are gearing up for a tremendous year in 2012.”
Paul took 52 percent of the votes cast both online since Oct. 29 and in person Saturday in 20 locations throughout the state, including theLemont Township Community Center. Georgia businessman Herman Cain was second (18 percent), former Massachusetts Mitt Romney third (14 percent), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich fourth (9 percent).
Far behind were Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2.5 percent), former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (1.5 percent), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (1.1 percent).
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