The Value Voters Summit straw poll saw Indiana Congressman Mike Pence in first place followed by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Does this show there is no clear Republican leader come 2012?
Conservative straw polls for the 2012 United States Presidential election have been mixed. Earlier this year, former Presidential candidate Ron Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll. Later, former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney edged out Paul by one vote.
On Saturday, Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence edged out fellow Republican frontrunners at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, according Reuters. However, of the 2,000 registered participants, only 723 people voted.
The results are as followed: Pence won the poll with 24 percent, Huckabee was second with 22 percent, and Romney garnered 13 percent of the vote for third place. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich earned 10 percent of the vote and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin was a distant fifth with only 7 percent.
Furthermore, Pence was also the top-pick for Vice President in 2012, followed by Palin, reports the Los Angeles Times. Family Research Council President, Tony Perkins, said Pence-Palin would be a “dream ticket” and “would give liberals heartburn.”
Some of the key issues for voters are abortion, high government spending, President Barack Obama’s healthcare program, national security concerns and religious liberty.