Values Voters Pick Romney, Barely

Straw poll puts Huckabee 2nd; Paul beats Thompson
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2007 7:37 AM CDT
Republican presidential hopeful former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., speaks during a Republican Presidential Candidates rally in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/John Raoux)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney came home with a slim lead over Mike Huckabee in yesterday's straw poll at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit in Washington, reports CNN. Romney won nearly 28% of the 5,776 conservative Christian votes, with the former Arkansas governor falling just 30 votes behind. Ron Paul took 15%, and Fred Thompson 10% of the poll.

Rudy Guiliani only brought in 107 votes, but still edged out John McCain, with 81. Analysts caution that those taking part in the summit may not accurately represent the pool of Christian voters, and a Thompson spokeswoman stressed her candidate's victory in other polls over his poor showing in this "unscientific" survey.