ILGOP Straw Poll Tops Ohio, Florida and California

 Paul wins both online and total votes

Romney wins in-person voting

Republicans energized for congressional and state elections in 2012


Chicago, IL –Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady announced that Texas Congressman Ron Paul won today’s Statewide Presidential Straw Poll with 52% of the vote.  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney carried the state’s in-person voting with 35% of the vote. 

“I congratulate Congressman Paul on his victory,” said Brady. “It is clear Illinois Republicans are gearing up tremendous election year in in 2012.”

The final subtotaled results are:

                   % Online             % In Person

Romney:     7%                        35%

Cain:           15%                      29%

Paul:           66.5%                   8%

At 3,649 votes, the Illinois Presidential Straw Poll surpassed large states like Ohio [428 Votes], Florida [2,647 Votes] and California [811 Votes] that held straw polls earlier this year. 

Illinois was the first state to offer a straw poll of this geographic scope.  Online voting began on October 29th at while in person voting was held at locations throughout the state today. 

For a contribution of $5 to the Illinois Republican Party, voters in any one of Illinois’ 102 counties could cast a vote for their preferred candidate.  In addition, voters had the opportunity to vote in person at 22 locations.  The $5 fee totaled only 1/6 of the cost charged for the Iowa straw poll.  Proceeds will be split 50/50 between state and county parties.

“Today’s straw poll was an excellent opportunity to showcase our party’s strength one year out of the election,” added Brady. “I am pleased with today’s turnout and look forward to building on our successes from 2010.”