Huckabee Wins Conservative Straw Poll

Palin lags behind with Pawlenty, Romney, Pence
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2009 8:00 PM CDT
This July 26, 2009 file photo shows Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waving goodbye to supporters after giving her resignation speech during a ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo, file)
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(Newser) – Mike Huckabee easily won a presidential straw poll today at a conference for social conservatives, Politico reports. The former Arkansas governor garnered 28% of 597 votes at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. Tying for second, each with about 12% of the vote, were former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, House Minority Conference Chairman Mike Pence, and Sarah Palin.

Huckabee also won in 2007, a few months before the GOP primary, in which he failed to convince conservatives that he could win the presidency. “I still think he has potential," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. But another council official added that many at the conference “are looking for a new voice out there.” Palin's weak finish may surprise some, but unlike the other top finishers, she failed to show up.