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Ron Paul Wins NH Straw Poll

Mitt Romney finished second.

Ron Paul got a great birthday present Saturday, as the 76-year-old defeated 11 other Republicans in Saturday's New Hampshire Young Republicans Straw Poll.

Paul, a congressman from Texas, won a commanding 45 percent of the vote and bested runner-up Mitt Romney by 35 percent despite not attending the event, which was held in New Castle and also included a lobster bake.

There were 302 ballots cast Saturday. Here are the full results:

  • Ron Paul, 45 percent
  • Mitt Romney, 10
  • Rick Perry, 8
  • Thaddeus McCotter, 8
  • Gary Johnson, 6
  • Herman Cain, 5
  • Michele Bachmann, 5
  • Jon Huntsman, 3
  • Buddy Roemer, 3
  • Rick Santorum, 3
  • Newt Gingrich, 1
  • Fred Karger, 0

Rudy Giuliani and Paul Ryan each received 1 percent of the vote as write-in candidates, while another 1 percent was comprised of candidates who received less than 1 percent, according to event officials.

Gingrich, Perry, Romney and Santorum all were unrepresented at Saturday's event, as no one spoke on their behalf and none had a table at the event.

State Sen. Jim Forsythe spoke on behalf of Paul.

Saturday's event, which drew roughly 350 people, also featured a .

John Way Jr August 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM
good job Ron Paul!
Brent Peterson August 20, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Hell yea! Ron Paul 2012!
Benjamin Boult August 20, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Good Job Dr. Paul! Happy Bday!!! Ron Paul 2012 or Bust...the rEVOLution Continues!
Danny Salazar August 20, 2011 at 11:58 PM
I have faith in the future, good job and congrats to Ron!
Barbara Waters August 21, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Great Granny here. I'm so happy for you youngsters. You are smart, savvy, and determined to to support civil liberties, and restoration of American. Together with Ron Paul we can do this, end the fed, bring the troops home, end the IRS, etc. Good for you................ I have my happy feet on today!
Marlon Smith August 21, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Congratulations Ron Paul and happy birthday!!! Ron Paul has tremendous grassroots support across the nation..and evidently he is strong among young voters. Major media loses all credibility when they ignore Ron Paul...and they are ignoring the people as well.
Louis Nardozi August 21, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Hey, I'd just like to remind you all Ron Paul will bring all our soldiers home starting the day he takes office. Now, here is a thing I want to propose. We all are aware the reason we are in all the conflicts overseas is to support Big Oil or Big Military. In these conflicts, many people are killed - thousands of Americans but millions of foreigners. If you are a rational person, it is your duty to save others if it is possible to do so without harming yourself. Keep in mind that up until now, whichever candidate was elected we could be fairly certain the wars would continue. Now, however it is different. With your single vote, you could save thousands of Americans and a million or more foreigners. Are they so unimportant you can't be bothered? Myself, if I don't do my best for Dr. Paul I will feel complicit in the murders if I do not try to stop them. It may be the most honorable act you've ever performed. Isn't it worth your time? Sigh. Ok. If that's not enough, think of all those military paychecks being spent over here instead of over there - that should benefit YOU directly and will provide the grass roots stimulus needed to jump start the economy! Vote Vertebrate - Ron Paul 2012!
Judith A Bradley August 21, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Our man Ron Paul wears the halo of truth , we have the only diamond in the rough in Washington and that man is Ron Paul our man of valor.. Not the status quo , not a stuff shirt elites in office for power, grreed or money . Just a true love for our ailing nation. Wake up America nothing changes if nothing changes.......................

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