GOPer Cain dominates Colorado conservative summit straw poll

The Colorado Statesman

Here are the results of the Western Conservative Summit’s inaugural presidential straw poll, conducted on July 31 near the conclusion of the three-day confab in Denver. The names of 14 declared and rumored Republican presidential candidates appeared on the ballot, as well as President Barack Obama. (Not surprisingly, after a weekend largely devoted to arguing that a second Obama term could destroy the country, the Democrat didn’t receive a single vote.) There was also a space to write in candidates.

In total, 508 ballots were cast, and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain ran away with it, tallying more votes than the next six candidates combined. Cain, along with former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton all addressed the conference, though Cain spoke immediately prior to the deadline to turn in ballots. (Perry and Bolton have said they are considering runs and that they’ll make their intentions known later this month or in September.)

The second annual summit was sponsored by Colorado Christian University’s public policy think tank the Centennial Institute and counted 930 registered conservatives in attendance. Other speakers included strategists Pat Caddell and Dick Morris, media personalities Tucker Carlson and Juan Williams, and columnist Cal Thomas.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan received the lone write-in vote.

Herman Cain – 246 votes or 48%
Rick Perry – 67 votes or 13%
Rick Santorum – 50 votes or 10%
Mitt Romney – 49 votes or 10%
Michele Bachmann – 44 votes or 9 %
John Bolton – 20 votes or 4%
Ron Paul – 12 votes or 2%
Tim Pawlenty – 7 votes or 1%
Sarah Palin – 5 votes or 1%
Newt Gingrich – 3 votes or less than 1%
Thaddeus McCotter – 2 votes or less than 1%
Jon Huntsman – 1 vote or 0%
Gary Johnson – 1 vote or 0%
Rudy Giuliani – 0 votes or 0%

Ernest@coloradostatesman.com