Phoenix, AZ - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul won the Arizona Republican Party straw poll Saturday, according to the official straw poll website of the Arizona Republican Party. Although the Arizona Republican presidential primary is not scheduled to take place until February 28th, the results of the Arizona Republican party straw poll suggest that Mr. Paul has an active community of supporters in the Grand Canyon State.
Mr. Paul garnered 256 votes to grab first place. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pulled in 20 votes to secure second place and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney earned 17 votes to take third place. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum grabbed 8 votes to finish in fourth place.
Although Mr. Paul won the Arizona Republican Party straw poll, the Texas congressman sits behind Mr. Romney and Mr. Gingrich in Grand Canyon State polls. A Public Policy Polling of likely Arizona Republican primary voters from November found Mr. Gingrich with a 20 point lead over Mr. Paul.
Mr. Paul has chalked up numerous straw poll victories throughout his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Mr. Paul has an active community of voters that can quickly mobilize when a straw poll is announced.
Mr. Paul is dealing with the fallout from a recent Washington Post report that cited several former associates who claim that the former Air Force surgeon signed off on the racist newsletters that were published under his name in the 1990s.
“I don’t know how long you want to beat a dead horse,” Mr. Paul told CNN’s John King on “John King USA” Friday. The Texas congressman continues to deny that he was aware of the content that was going into the newsletters.
The fact that Mr. Paul continues to win straw polls suggests that his base of support has not been diminished by the media’s renewed interest in the racist newsletters scandal.