Romney, Thompson, Paul top GOP straw poll
Last Updated 8/16/2007 6:26:41 PM
Results from the Illinois Republican Party's straw poll at the Illinois State Fairgrounds gave top ratings to three candidates: Ex-Gov. Mitt Romney, Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, with Ex-mayor Rudy Giulani a distant fourth among Illinois voters.
Romney received 40.4 percent of the straw poll ballots to Thompson's 19.96 percent, Paul's 18.9 percent and Giulani's 11.6 percent.
Others receiving support were: John McCain 4.1 percent; Mike Huckabee, 3.0 percent, Sam Brownback 1.1 percent; Duncan Hunter 0.7 percent; and Tom Tancredo, 0.33 percent.
Organizers said 922 people took part in the poll. Participants did not need to be registered Republicans, but they did need to be Illinois residents.
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Illinois Republican Presidential Straw Poll & GOP Day at the Illinois State Fair
To vote in the straw poll, you must be an Illinois resident at least 18 years old or older by February 5, 2008 (Illinois Primary Election Day) and you must present a valid Illinois Driver's License or Government-Issued Photo ID card with your current Illinois address. This is required to validate eligibility and prevent double voting.
Straw Poll voting is free of charge.
Presidential campaigns participating in the Illinois Republican Presidential Straw Poll are not charged a fee for their participation.
One of two requirements dictates a presidential candidate’s participation in the Illinois Republican Presidential Straw Poll: 1.) Polling above 5% in national, independent polls; or 2.) Having participated in any of the previous nationally televised debates in 2007.
Straw poll voting will take place on The Director's Lawn on the Illinois State Fairgrounds from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM