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October 20, 2007

Romney Wins in Conservative Voters Poll

Big boost for Romney:
Mitt Romney scored a narrow victory Saturday, in a straw poll conducted with Christian conservative voters at the Family Research Council's Voters Values Summit.

With 5776 total votes cast, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, garnered 1595 votes, 28 percent of the vote. Former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, came in a very close second with 1565 votes, 27 percent of the vote. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, had 15 percent of the vote with 865 votes, and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson had 10 percent of the vote with 564 votes.

The straw poll was the culminating event of the two day gathering in Washington, D.C. All the GOP presidential candidates addressed the summit.

Romney obviously impressed the summit goers by attacking Giuliani:
In a veiled hit at his rival, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and his more liberal positions on gay rights and abortion, Romney said, "We won’t win the White House with only two out of three or one out of three… We’re not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton."

Romney reiterated his belief that "two parents are the ideal setting for raising a child." On abortion, Romney declared he would be "a pro-life president," acknowledging that he was a "convert to this cause," referencing his 2005 change from an "effectively pro-choice" position to a pro-life stance.

Romney- 1595
Huckabee- 1565
Paul- 865
Thompson- 564
Brownback- 297
Hunter- 140
Tancredo- 133
Giuliani- 107
McCain- 81

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