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WA GOP straw poll: And the winner is...

During a major fund-raising dinner Friday, state Republicans held a "straw poll" on the field of GOP candidates for president in 2012.

The winner, by a whisker, was Herman Cain.

For those of you out there saying "Herman who?", Cain is the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, former CEO of the National Restaurant Association, member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and radio talk show host. He's got an exploratory committee, which means he's not quite a candidate, but will be if he discovers something he hopes to find on his exploration. (Think Stanley looking for Livingston or Lewis and Clark looking for the Pacific).

Cain got 54 votes, compared to 52 votes for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and 51 votes for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. That represented 15.13%, 14.57% and 14.29% of ballots cast, respectively.

The state GOP's take on the results:  “The close results demonstrate that the Republican Party does not have a clear frontrunner. Herman Cain has been doing an excellent job getting his name out among Republican voters and his style appeals to many people. As the process moves forward and more individuals enter the race, it will be interesting to see how the perception of the various candidates changes.”

To see how the entire field broke down,, or to comment click here to go inside the blog

Name

Vote Total

Percentage

Herman Cain

54

15.13%

Mitt Romney

52

14.57%

Mitch Daniels

51

14.29%

Chris Christie

39

10.92%

Tim Pawlenty

28

7.84%

Paul Ryan

22

6.16%

Newt Gingrich

14

3.92%

Rudy Giuliani

12

3.36%

Mike Huckabee

14

3.92%

Ron Paul

10

2.80%

Donald Trump

10

2.80%

Michele Bachmann

9

2.52%

Jeb Bush

8

2.24%

Sarah Palin

8

2.24%

Rick Santorum

7

1.96%

Bobby Jindal

6

1.68%

Jon Huntsman

4

1.12%

Other

9

2.52%

TOTAL

357

100.00%





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