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Ron Paul Takes Illinois Straw Poll

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Springfield, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) – The winner of the Illinois Republican straw poll is U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

The first-ever statewide Illinois straw poll took place on-line over the last week, and in person on Saturday at 22 locations around the state, with Paul the winner, getting 52 percent of the 3,649 votes cast.

U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.), who organized the poll, interprets the result this way:

“I think what this does is it shows the relative strengths of the candidates,” he said in announcing the results on Saturday night at Republican headquarters in Chicago. “Ron Paul is obviously a big on-line performer, and we saw that tonight. But what we saw in the in-person voting is that Gov. [Mitt] Romney took 35 percent of the vote, Herman Cain took 29 percent of the vote, and Ron Paul took 8
percent of the vote for the in-person voting.”

Other candidates; Newt Gingrich 9 percent, Rick Perry 2.5 percent, John Huntsman 1.5 percent, Rick Santorum 1.2 percent, Michele Bachmann  1.1 percent.  (Source Illinois Republican Party)

Participants had to pay $5 to the Republican Party to vote.

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