Romney Wins Straw Poll
Mormon leads Pubs in Midwest
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Aug 11, 2007 8:54 PM CDT
Republican presidential hopefuls former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, stands with Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., center, and Chicago businessman John Cox during the Iowa Straw Poll, Saturday, Aug....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney has won the Iowa straw poll, widely regarded as a colander for presidential hopefuls, the Washington Post reports. Romney beat out a field of conservatives in the non-binding vote in Ames, but left-lilting frontrunner Rudy Giuliani had already bowed out of the race.

John McCain and Fred Thompson were also conspicuously absent from the vote in the early caucus state; a Romney aide claimed the narrow win as an indicator of the Mormon candidate's popularity with the Republican party's conservative base. "This keeps us in the game for a long time," he said.