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Update: Ron Paul Wins in Illinois GOP Straw Poll

In the first-ever straw poll conducted online and in person in the Land of Lincoln, Ron Paul wins. (You can still take our Patch poll.)

Updated Monday afternoon

Rep. Ron Paul was named the winner of the as the state’s Republicans showed their preference for their party’s presidential nomination to oppose President Barack Obama.

"I congratulate Congressman Paul on his victory," Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady said in a statement. "It is clear Illinois Republicans are gearing up for a tremendous year in 2012."

Paul took 52 percent of the votes cast both online since Oct. 29 and in person Saturday in 20 locations throughout the state, including the . Georgia businessman Herman Cain was second (18 percent), former Massachusetts Mitt Romney third (14 percent), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich fourth (9 percent). 

Far behind were Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2.5 percent), former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (1.5 percent), former Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Michele Bachmann (1.1 percent).

With the early stages of the 2012 presidential election already unfolding in the nation's primary states, Illinois Republicans are hoping to make an impact of their own.

"This poll is really an opportunity for Illinois voters to have a voice in this presidential election, which is great because there's a lot of interest and excitement right now both nationally and locally," said Sig Vaznelis, chairman of the Cook County Republican Party.

A vote in the straw poll cost $5.

According to the Illinois Straw Poll website, voters must make a monetary contribution "to help the defray the costs of running the straw poll." Because Illinois does not have party registration, the Illinois Republican Party believes that requiring a contribution "will help limit the straw poll to committed Republicans who are legally qualified to vote."

Vaznelis said the money raised through the straw poll will go to the Illinois GOP, which will distribute the money to county Republican groups across the state.

"The money will be used to get the vote out next year," Vaznelis said. "There's a perception that this state is totally blue, but we feel that Illinois is in play."

For more information on the straw poll, visit www.illinoisstrawpoll.com.

Bob November 08, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Denise ,this is a different kind of fundraiser. We are just used to candidates and a 10,000 dollar a plate fund raising dinner. This allows the average person to donate and participate. I am surprised at all the negative comments. i dont see any negative comments when a candidate charges thousands.
OakLawnGuy November 08, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Well, it's a fundraiser disguised as a poll. What would be best, and all would agree I'm sure, is if everyone would simply cast their free vote during the election, when it counts. If someone is for a particular candidate, why not just take the 5 bucks and contribute to that person's campaign, rather than an evidentally fractious Republican party?
Megan James November 08, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Well...since you asked Bob....you're the only who seems to be monopolizing this article (with 18 of the 55 posts so far), who has done nothing but attack others. At least everyone else attempted to provide their comments about the article first. Seriously dude....let it go. This is going to be my last comment to you since I have more important and more fullfilling things to do in life than attack other posters on patch. Hope you have a nice day.
Oak Lawn Gal December 14, 2011 at 05:32 PM
I agree with Lorraine. I also think if the Republicans don't field a better candidate than the people already campaigning, President Obama will win a second term. I did like Ron Paul's comments in the last debate but i just don't think he'll be able to fund and win a campaign. Also, Lorraine's opinion was in the comments section and she seems evenly opposed to the candidates on both sides. She also had the Patch logo (not that she needs it. we all know her). All reporters have opinions but they set them aside when they're reporting a story. You need to look at her published articles. They're always fair and objective.
Chester A. Arthur January 11, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Hey Bob, not to be a stickler or anything but the word scarey is actually spelled scary. Just thought you should know. No big deal. Oh, and when you referred to Megan's comment you also spelled her name incorrectly. You should really be more careful with your spelling. ... And for the record, when I was the President of the United States we sorted our differences by use if words such as harumph, and poppycock. When that didn't work we would drink brandy and take turns slapping each other with our gloves. Oh, I miss my glory days.

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