CHICAGO (IRN) – The winner of the Illinois Republican straw poll for President 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% of the 3,649 votes cast.

U.S. Sen. Mark 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.”

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

The final vote totals were: Ron Paul 1907, Herman Cain 670, Mitt Romney 515, Newt Gingrich 332, Rick Perry 87, John Huntsman 54, Rick Santorum 43, Michele Bachmann 41.

Copyright Illinois Radio Network

Comments (7)
  1. Paul Michael says:

    Just read the book “Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve”, and you’ll see why the people that have actually listened to Ron Paul are so passionate about him. So few people will take the time to really listen to him. They just find it easier to write him off without giving him an honest chance.

    1. HopperRox says:

      Pretty good book, have a copy myself.

  2. Pon Raul says:

    I think they Republican party owes Ron Paul ~10,000 United States Dollars seeing as how he did something no other candidate did in Illinois… which was to motivate a respectable amount of people to actually donate to a failed Illinois GOP.

    NOTE: The majority of the in-person voting offices were in northern Illinois. If you don’t know the significance of that… well, that’s where Obama got his Senate seat from.

  3. Louis Nardozi says:

    The so-called “scientific” polls include questions designed to strip out support for Ron Paul. This is done to prevent popular support for his positions, which entail cutting federal spending by trillions of dollars. If you want to talk straw polls, like the one Herman Cain has won, he has won FIFTEEN.
    CPAC, Phoenix Tea Party, Sacramento RLC, New Orleans RLC, Clay County Iowa, NH Young Republicans, Cincinnati Tea Party, California, Values Voter, RPLAC, Charleston County, Columbus, Des Moines Tally 1, Des Moines Tally 2, and Illinois.

    Try to follow the chain of logic. You’re getting a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam. You spend probably 200-300 billion in advertising. Who sells advertising? If you’re an advertiser, do you want to hire a TV station that runs news stories that show out of control spending, or would you prefer an advertiser that runs stories saying how needed spending is? How about websites that popularize Ron Paul? Do you really want to spend your money (that you got from the government in the first place) advertising on web sites that promote cutting all that spending? Or do you prefer to subsidize websites that cast all that spending as completely necessary and any effort to cut the ravings of a madman?

    It’s really amazing that Ron Paul really does want a cure for this, rather than his place at the trough. What do you think? Can We the People support him enough to get in? What is it worth to you to have control of your own life again? What is it worth to see your children grow up free? I’m reaching the limit I can contribute, but if I bump against the federal limit and still have money I’ll give it to one of the Super Pacs. If it buys freedom for my children, it’ll be worth it.

  4. Maggie Drabing Singh says:

    I was one of the 87 who voted online for Perry, the real Christian in this race!

  5. Chris says:

    That is ridiculous to make a fuss about the on line vs in person. In person places only existed in the Romney suburbs not rural areas or the city of Chicago. People who lived in those places paid the same money and had to be registered voters, but didn’t travel hours to the Romney suburbs to vote.

  6. nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney baldwin ventura sheehan perot carter says:

    Wash U

    full 52% of the entire Illinois Statewide vote for Ronald Ernest Paul MD
    Ron Paul Army knows how to put their money where their mouths are –

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