A state Republican Party "straw poll" over the weekend showed no clear frontrunner among Republicans seeking the presidential nomination. The winner was former Godfather's Pizza chief executive Herman Cain, who hauled in 15.1 percent of the vote in a field of 18 choices.
Cain's 54 votes topped those of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, 52, and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, 51. Rounding out the top five were New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.
State GOP chairman Kirby Wilbur released the results today from the Friday evening vote with this statement:
In 2008, Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain narrowly led former Arkansas Mike Huckabee during the state Republicans' formal precinct caucuses, followed by Ron Paul and Romney (who had already dropped out). That gives candidates another nine months to distinguish themselves here.
In the meantime, straw polls from around the country are showing different results depending on the audience. Ron Paul won the Conservative PAC's straw poll in February, and Huckabee won a South Carolina poll of Republicans last month.
But as this U.S. News and World Report story points out, the CPAC isn’t predictive.
The Washington vote was during the GOP's yearly gala in Bellevue and only paying guests, who weren't alerted to the vote in advance, were allowed to cast ballots, according to Wilbur. Here are the full Washington GOP results, as copied from the GOP's news release: