Rudy Wins Major Ohio Straw Poll

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Rudy Giuliani took nearly 31% of the votes at the annual Summit County Lincoln Day Dinner’s straw poll.

Over 800 votes were cast at the dinner held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Akron, Ohio. The final count had Giuliani at 30.9%, John McCain with 25.8%, Fred Thompson at 12.1%, Mitt Romney with 8.6%, and rounding out the top 5 was Newt Gingrich, who carried 8.2% of the votes.

Sitting at a table of Brownback and McCain supporters, yours truly was happily surprised by Rudy’s showing – the McCain signs decorating the walls outside the banquet hall and former Senator Mike DeWine’s appearance as McCain’s surrogate (DeWine is heading the McCain operation in Ohio) made victory in this early battle here in the heartland all the more satisfying.

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5 Responses to “Rudy Wins Major Ohio Straw Poll”

  1. Ben Keeler Says:

    I was there tonight as well and voted for Rudy. I think he is our best chance in 08. I dont agree with him on everything, but I want to win, you know.

  2. karlub - PA RudyBlogger Says:

    That’s excellent news, and serves as a confirmation of his polling strength in Ohio. Great work being there, and passing on the news.

    I’d hate to beat a dead, or at least unhealthy, horse. But how about that Romney showing, huh? Weak, weak, weak…

  3. Snarking Dawg Says:

    Rudy was initially my first choice. He is a great man. But he will NEVER excite the conservative base. Rudy supporters have to deal with that. He is way too liberal on many social issues. These issues mean a lot to many people. The second amendment is important to many. Gay marraige is important to many. But for the Heartland , he is wrong on both.

    Sorry Rudy, Fred thompson is the candidate for conservatives.

  4. Jason Says:

    When is Romney just going to give up?

  5. karlub - PA RudyBlogger Says:

    Snarky: Initial polling seems to suggest your analysis is wrong, at least when it comes to prognosticating. See here: http://bloggers4rudy.com/2007/03/22/ohio-poll-kind-of-supports-the-thompson-conventional-wisdom/

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