Pence Beats Huckabee, Romney, Gingrich and Palin in Presidential Straw Poll

September 20, 2010 - 8:15 AM

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Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., speaks to people gathered at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 for a "Remember in November" rally to express opposition to government spending. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) won a presidential straw poll at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Saturday.

Around 700 conservatives gave Pence 24 percent of the vote.

Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was a close second with 22 percent of the vote, followed by Mitt Romney (13 percent), Newt Gingrich (10 percent), Sarah Palin (7 percent) and Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint (5 percent each). See full list below.

"The results of the presidential straw poll reflect the outcome of recent elections," said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council Action, the group that sponsored the Values Voters Summit. "Those who are truly conservative, fiscally and socially, are enthusiastically supported by voters."

On Monday morning, Pence told Fox News he was “humbled and encouraged” by the vote of confidence, but he also said he views the straw poll as more about the message than the messenger.

“We need to get our national government, starting with the Congress this fall, back to the common sense and common values of the American people without apology. And we really do believe that people are tired of the runaway federal spending, the borrowing, the bailouts, and the takeovers, but they also want to see us get back to a respect for the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage – and I think, more than anything else, that message resonated, and that’s what people affirmed on the weekend.”

Pence told Fox News the economic policies of the Obama administration have failed, and the American people “are focused where they ought to be focused – they’re looking for men and women across this country in these congressional elections, that are willing to go to Washington, D.C., put our fiscal house in order, and get this economy moving again.”

Pence also won the 2010 Values Voters vice presidential straw poll, closely followed by Sarah Palin.

At last year's Values Voters Summit, Huckabee won the presidential straw poll with 170 votes out of 597 cast. Mitt Romney came in a distant second with 74 votes, followed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (73 votes) and Sarah Palin (72 votes). Rep. Mike Pence finished fifth in last year's straw poll with 71 votes.

The following are the 2010 straw poll results:

Presidential Candidate Responses

Mike Pence - 24% (170 votes)

Mike Huckabee - 22% (159)

Mitt Romney - 13% (93)

Newt Gingrich - 10% (72)

Sarah Palin - 7% (51)

Rick Santorum - 5% (39)

Jim DeMint - 5% (38)

Bobby Jindal - 2% (15)

Mitch Daniels - 2% (13)

Chris Christie - 11 2% (11)

John Thune - 2% (11)

Bob McDonnell - 1% (10)

Marco Rubio - 1% (10)

Paul Ryan  1% (7)

Haley Barbour - 1% (6)

Ron Paul  1% (5)

Jan Brewer - 0% (1)

Undecided - 2% (12)

Vice Presidential Candidate Responses for 2010:

Mike Pence - 16% (119)

Sarah Palin - 15% (112)

Rick Santorum 10% (75)

Paul Ryan - 7% (51)

Jim DeMint - 6% (45)

Mike Huckabee - 6% (43)

Marco Rubio - 6% (43)

Bobby Jindal - 5% (36)

Bob McDonnell -31 4%

Chris Christie - 3% (25)

Mitt Romney - 3% (25)

Newt Gingrich - 3% (24)

Jan Brewer  3% (20)

John Thune - 2% (15)

Mitch Daniels - 1% (10)

Haley Barbour - 1% (6)

Ron Paul - 1% (5)

Undecided - 5% (38)