Herman Cain Wins Tea Party Straw Poll

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Herman Cain Wins Tea Party Straw Poll

Cain came out with 22%
Herman Cain wins Tea Party presidential live straw poll at Phoenix summit
By: CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis

Phoenix (CNN) – Which Republican should become the next president? Herman Cain, according to a number of Tea Party activists gathered at a weekend summit in Phoenix.

Cain, a conservative talk show host and former Godfather's Pizza chief executive, won the American Policy Summit's presidential live straw poll on Sunday.

Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won the summit's online poll.

The survey is a chance for conservative activists gathered on the last day of the Tea Party Patriots conference to name their favorite presidential picks.

Cain won nearly 22 percent of the nearly 1,600 votes cast. Paul won nearly half the votes cast by more than 2,300 online registered attendees.

"The mood at this summit shows that Tea Party activists are looking for leaders who share our principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government and who will vow to uphold policies that reflect those principles once in office," said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.

"Mr. Cain and Rep. Paul's positions resonated with Tea Party Patriots this weekend and the straw poll indicates the enthusiasm for these strong conservatives," said Mark Meckler, the Patriots' other national coordinator.

Following Cain in the live voting were: former Minnesota Republican governor Tim Pawlenty, with nearly 16 percent of the votes; Paul, with just over 15 percent; former Alaska Republican governor Sarah Palin, with just over 10 percent; former Massachusetts Republican governor Mitt Romney, with nearly 6.5 percent, and Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, with just over 5.6 percent.

Cain, Paul and Pawlenty's wins were likely helped by their speaking appearances at the event. Cain addressed the activists on Friday evening. Paul and Pawlenty spoke on Saturday.

None of the other potential 2012 presidential candidates showed up, citing prior commitments to summit organizers.

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