Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 5:30:22 pm
NEW ORLEANS — By a single vote, Mitt Romney won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership conference here Saturday in a victory that will be taken as a sign of the former Massachusetts governor’s strength as a 2012 presidential candidate. That’s because the 2008 GOP presidential hopeful elected to skip the conference to continue his book tour.
Romney just triumphed over Ron Paul, who took second place, 439 votes to 438. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich essentially tied for third with 18 percent of the vote each.
Mitt Romney didn’t even speak at this Conference — he was on a book tour. Has the Romney machine coopted the Paulian poll spamming technique?