Gingrich Wins Tea Party Patriots Straw Poll

CNN is reporting that Newt Gingrich is the winner of a Tea Party straw poll in a conference call including over 23,000 participants.  He won it by roughly 3 percentage points over runner-up Michele Bachmann.  According to the CNN piece, “An overwhelming number of activists from around the nation showed they are serious about electing a candidate who advances tea party principles,” said National Coordinator Jenny Beth Martin.

Here is the complete breakdown direct from Tea Party Patriots:

  • Newt Gingrich 31%
  • Michele Bachmann 28%
  • Mitt Romney 20%
  • Rick Santorum 16%
  • Ron Paul 3%
  • Rick Perry 2%
  • Jon Huntsman 0% (.34%)

That’s a pretty clear win over such people as Rick Perry, once thought to be a front-runner, and it’s a handy move upward for Rick Santorum.  With Mitt Romney finishing a distant third, it invites discussions of other possible late entrants as have circulated at least twice on Monday.  Still, 31% for Gingrich may not be enough to seal the deal, but considering that the Tea Party is expected to have a significant impact on the nomination process, it’s one cannot discount this straw poll.  After all, 23,000 is a rather large sample when compared to most polls, so this may well be indicative of the state of the race, at least in states where the Tea Party is thought to be stronger.

H/T to Dawn Larson for the breakdown on the vote!

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4 Responses to Gingrich Wins Tea Party Patriots Straw Poll

  1. Dave says:

    Don't know quite what to think about this poll yet. As with most polls it depends on the questions that were asked. Also don't really know much about the Tea Party Patriots organization; who is running it and what they supposedly stand for. I am not saying that this is a bad organization. I don't know enough about it to make any kind of judgement one way or the other. I've heard plenty about organizations like "the center for american progress:" the peolpe that run it, who founded it, and who funds it. So I know where they are really coming from and what their agenda is. Again, I am not saying TPP is a bad organization or a 100% trustworthy organization. It just appears that, with Newt winning the straw poll there, that either the organization is more progressive than they are letting on or the folks that belong to that organization don't know what a progressive is. It hardly seems logical to me that an organization with roots in the constitution and smaller government could be for Newt.
    Bachmann I can understand because she has tried to align herself with the Tea Party movement from the time it started gaining popularity. I would like to see her link her positions directly to the constitution to show that she indeed bases her beliefs and decisions on the constitution.

  2. mrfixit says:

    So… if you add the Bachmann and Santorum numbers, 2 candidates who are pulling for the same voter demographic, you get 44 Percent!
    The race is far from a done deal, if either of these 2 step out of the race after Iowa and endorses the other, taking even half of their supporters, the remaining candidate becomes the clear tea party favorite, and will likely be the nominee, despite the establishment picks of Romney/Gingrich.

    That is a GOOD thing!

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  4. SeanStLouis says:

    “On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest, how enthusiastic would you be if were the nominee?”