Straw polls for the Republican Party (US) Presidential Primaries, 2012

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Straw Polls held for the potential Republican party presidential candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Ohio Straw Poll - July 2011

The 2011 Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll was held on July 22, 2011. GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney won the Ohio Straw Poll receiving 25% of the votes, followed by Tim Pawlenty with 16%. Michele Bachmann is third in the table with 15% support.

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Romney, MittMitt Romney 25%
2 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 16%
3 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 15%
4 Perry, RickRick Perry 14%
5 Paul, RonRon Paul 9%
6 Cain, HermanHerman Cain 5%
6 Santorum, RickRick Santorum 5%
7 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 3%
8 Huntsman, JonJon Huntsman 2%
9 Write In, OtherOther Write In 6%

Rick Perry received votes as a write-in candidate.

Iowa Straw Poll - June 2011

The Iowa Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll was held at Clay County, Iowa on June 19, 2011.

Finish Candidate Votes Percentage
1 Perry, RickRick Perry 15 25%
2 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 9 15%
3 Santorum, RickRick Santorum 8 14%
4 Paul, RonRon Paul 6 10%
5 Cain, HermanHerman Cain 5 8%
6 McCotter, ThaddeusThaddeus McCotter 4 7%
6 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 4 7%
6 Romney, MittMitt Romney 4 7%
9 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 2 3%
9 Palin, SarahSarah Palin 2 3%

Republican Leadership Conference Straw Poll - June 2011

The Republican Leadership Conference Straw Poll was organized by the Southern Republican Leadership Conference at New Orleans, Louisiana. It was held on June 16-18, 2011.

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Paul, RonRon Paul 41%
2 Huntsman, JonJon Huntsman 25%
3 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 13%
4 Cain, HermanHerman Cain 7%
5 Romney, MittMitt Romney 5%
6 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 5%
7 Santorum, RickRick Santorum 2%
8 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 1%
9 Johnson, GaryGary Johnson 1%
10 Roemer, BuddyBuddy Roemer 0.7%
11 McCotter, ThadThad McCotter 0.3

South Carolina straw poll

The South Carolina Republican Party Convention presidential straw poll was held at Columbia, South Carolina on May 5-6, 2011.

Finish Potential candidate Votes received
1 Santorum, RickRick Santorum 150
2 Romney, MittMitt Romney 61
3 Cain, HermanHerman Cain 44
4 Trump, DonaldDonald Trump 29
5 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 22
6 Christie, ChrisChris Christie 22
7 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 16
8 Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee 16
9 Daniels, MitchMitch Daniels 15
10 Paul, RonRon Paul 8
11 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 7
12 Palin, SarahSarah Palin 6
13 Huntsman, JonJon Huntsman 4
14 Huntsman, JonJon Huntsman 4
15 Bolton, JohnJohn Bolton 0
16 Roemer, BuddyBuddy Roemer 0
17 Johnson 0

The following are the write-in candidates. Jim DeMint(3), Alan West(3), Paul Ryan(1)

Georgia 3rd District Convention Straw Poll - April 2011

The Georgia straw poll was held at the Georgia 3rd District Republican convention on April 16, 2011.

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Cain, HermanHerman Cain 17%
2 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 17%
3 Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee 16%
4 Trump, DonaldDonald Trump 14%
5 Christie, ChrisChris Christie 9%
6 Romney, MittMitt Romney 7%

The following candidates failed to get more than 5%: Michele Bachmann (4%), Mitch Daniels (1%), Sarah Palin (4%), Ron Paul (3%), Tim Pawlenty (4%).

Pennsylvania Straw Poll - April 2011

The 2011 Pennsylvania Straw Poll was organized by Pennsylvania Revolution at Camp Hill (Harrisburg), Pennsylvania. The straw poll was held on April 8-9, 2011.

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Cain, HermanHerman Cain 46%
2 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 42%
2 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 42%
4 Trump, DonaldDonald Trump 30%
5 Paul, RonRon Paul 23%
5 Santorum, RickRick Santorum 23%
7 Daniels, MitchMitch Daniels 22%
7 Palin, SarahSarah Palin 22%
9 Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee 20%
9 Romney, MittMitt Romney 20%
11 Barbour, HaleyHaley Barbour 4%

The following are Write-In candidates: Paul Ryan(5%), Allen West(5%), Chris Christie(4%), Newt Gingrich(2%), Marco Rubio(2%), Jon Huntsman(2%), Snooki(2%), Mike Pence(1%), Jim DeMint(1%), Rand Paul(1%), Steve Johnson(1%).


South Carolina Straw Poll - April 2011

The South Carolina straw poll was organized by the Grassroots SC campaign. It was held in York County, South Carolina on April 3, 2011.

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee 23%
2 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 11%
3 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 10%
4 Romney, MittMitt Romney 8%
5 Trump, DonaldDonald Trump 7%
6 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 7%

The following failed to get more than 5% Haley Barbour, John R. Bolton, Herman Cain, Mitch Daniels, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.

Republican Liberty Caucus of California Presidential Straw Poll - March 2011

The Republican Liberty Caucus straw poll was held at the 2011 California Republican convention. It was organized by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California in Sacramento, California on March 20, 2011.

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Paul, RonRon Paul 17.8% 36
2 Romney, MittMitt Romney 10.9% 22
3 Palin, SarahSarah Palin 7.9% 16
4 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 6.9% 14
5 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 6.4% 13
6 Giuliani, RudyRudy Giuliani 5.4% 11
6 Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee 5.4% 11
6 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 5.4% 11
9 Daniels, MitchMitch Daniels 5.0% 10
9 Undecided 5.0% 10

The following finished with less than ten votes John R. Bolton (8), Gary Johnson (7), Herman Cain (5), Haley Barbour (4), Rick Santorum (4), Jon Huntsman (3), Donald Trump (3), Chris Christie (2), Jim DeMint (2), Marco Rubio (2), Scott Walker (2), Paul Ryan (1), Colin Powell (1), Allen West (1), Tom McClintock (1), Dana Perino (1), and None of the Above (1).

National League of Cities Straw Poll - March 2011

The 2011 National League of Cities Straw Poll was organized by the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2011.

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Romney, MittMitt Romney 53%
2 Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee 9%
3 Daniels, MitchMitch Daniels 6%
4 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 6%
5 Barbour, HaleyHaley Barbour 3%
6 Trump, DonaldDonald Trump 3%
7 Christie, ChrisChris Christie 3%
8 Huntsman, JonJon Huntsman 3%
9 Palin, SarahSarah Palin 3%
10 Ryan, PaulPaul Ryan 3%
11 Turner, TedTed Turner 3%
12 Wilson, JoeJoe Wilson 3%

Dorchester Conference Straw Poll - March 2011

The 2011 Dorchester Conference Straw Poll was held by the Dorchester Conference at Seaside, Oregon on March 6, 2011.

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Daniels, MitchMitch Daniels 30%
2 Romney, MittMitt Romney 23%
3 Palin, SarahSarah Palin 18%
4 Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee 10%
5 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 6%
6 Paul, RonRon Paul 5%
7 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 4%
8 Barbour, HaleyHaley Barbour 2%
9 Trump, DonaldDonald Trump 2%

Tea Party Straw Poll - February 2011

The 2011 Tea Party Straw Poll was held by the Tea Party Patriots in Phoenix, Arizona on February 27, 2011.

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Cain, HermanHerman Cain 22%
2 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 16%
3 Paul, RonRon Paul 15%
4 Palin, SarahSarah Palin 10%
5 Romney, MittMitt Romney 7%
6 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 6%

CPAC Straw Poll - February 2011

The CPAC Straw Poll 2011 was held in Washington, D.C. on February 10-12, 2011. The poll was conducted by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Paul, RonRon Paul 30%
2 Romney, MittMitt Romney 23%
3 Johnson, GaryGary Johnson 6%
4 Christie, ChrisChris Christie 6%
5 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 5%
6 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 4%
7 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 4%
8 Daniels, MitchMitch Daniels 4%
9 Palin, SarahSarah Palin 3%
10 Cain, HermanHerman Cain 2%
11 Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee 2%
12 Santorum, RickRick Santorum 2%
13 Thune, JohnJohn Thune 2%
14 Huntsman, JonJon Huntsman 1%
15 Barbour, HaleyHaley Barbour 1%

New Hampshire Straw Poll - January 2011

The 2011 New Hampshire Straw Poll was held on January 22, 2011. The poll was held at Derry, New Hampshire.

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Romney, MittMitt Romney 35%
2 Paul, RonRon Paul 11%
3 Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty 8%
4 Palin, SarahSarah Palin 7%
5 Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann 5%
6 DeMint, JimJim DeMint 5%
7 Cain, HermanHerman Cain 4%
8 Christie, ChrisChris Christie 3%
9 Santorum, RickRick Santorum 3%
10 Daniels, MitchMitch Daniels 3%
11 Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich 3%
12 Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee 3%
13 Pence, MikeMike Pence 3%


Additional straw polls

  • August 13, 2011, Ames, Iowa – Ames Straw Poll
  • September 22, 2011, Orlando, Florida – Presidency 5 straw poll
  • September 23–25, 2011, Mackinac Island, Michigan – Michigan Republican Party's 29th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference straw poll
  • October 7–9, 2011, Washington, D.C. – Values Voter Straw Poll
  • November 5, 2011, Statewide, Illinois – Illinois Republican Straw Poll

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