Mitt Romney, the candidate supported by state-wide GOP state officials did not win.
Ron Paul did.
In addition to Governor Butch Otter and US Senator Jim Risch, look at the Idaho folks who are on Romney's list of supporters from Idaho:
- U.S. Representative Mike Simpson
- Lieutenant Governor Brad Little
- Secretary of State Ben Ysursa
- Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Luna
- State Controller Donna Jones
- Attorney General Lawrence Wasden
- Senate Pro Tempore Brent Hill
- Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis
- Assistant Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder
- House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke
- House Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts
Amazing and intriguing.
Some might argue that the Straw Poll was merely a "fundraiser" for the state GOP (paying $30 to vote in it could give that impression) - but it was a POLL that Ron Paul will gladly celebrate nationally...and Romney will attempt to deflect intentionally.
But, a win over Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa... and a loss to Ron Paul in Idaho?
If I were Romney's staff, I'd wonder why this "fundraiser"/straw poll was not invested in by Mitt supporters. After all, they HAVE the money to spend...
So, until March's Super Tuesday the nation will believe that Idaho is owned by Ron Paul.
Ron Paul Wins Idaho GOP Straw Poll
Boise, Idaho – The Idaho Republican Party announced tonight that Ron Paul won the first ever public Idaho Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll that was held at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Three hundred and ninety-nine participants from all over the State cast votes for the Republican Presidential candidate of their choice.
“The Idaho Republican Party congratulates Congressman Ron Paul on his straw poll victory tonight,” stated Chairman Norm Semanko. Semanko continued, “It was a packed house tonight, the energy was contagious, and the Idaho Republican Party is looking forward to making Barack Obama a one-term President! We now turn our focus to the March 6th Presidential Caucus, and we welcome all Republican candidates to visit our great State, to discuss issues important to Idahoans, and to campaign for Idaho’s 32 delegates to the Republican National Convention.”
The results from tonight’s Straw Poll are as follows:
Ron Paul – 173
Mitt Romney – 135
Newt Gingrich – 47
Rick Santorum – 40
Jon Huntsman – 4
Note: Rick Perry's campaign asked not to be included on Straw Poll Ballot.
Over the summer the Idaho Republican State Central Committee, the governing body of the Idaho GOP, met in Moscow, Idaho and voted in support of a change to State Party Rules that will move Idaho’s presidential candidate selection to Super Tuesday and conduct the nominating process through a county by county caucus system. Idaho has 32 delegates at the 2012 Republican National Convention, which is more than Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.
For more information about the Idaho Republican Party Caucuses, contact Idaho Republican Party Political Director, Trevor Thorpe, at 208-343-6405 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.idgop.org