Cinnaminson Republicans narrowly picked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president tonight in a Straw Poll conducted Monday evening, followed by Gov. Chris Christie as his preferred running mate by a large margin.
Open to all 3,153 of the township’s registered Republicans, 312 participated in the poll to pick the party’s 2012 nominee, according to Sandy Iaquinto, president of the Cinnaminson Republican Club, sponsor of the event.
Romney took first place with 21% of the vote, followed by former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty with 14%, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani with 13%. Business executive Herman Cain of Georgia and Texas Representative Ron Paul tied for fourth with ten percent, followed by Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann with 8% and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (7%). Trailing the field were United Nations Ambassador John Bolton of Maryland 3%, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of Georgia 3%, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin 2%, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman 2%, former Governor Gary Johnson (New Mexico) 0%, and former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer 0%.
“This straw poll confirms the notion that Mitt Romney starts out of the gate leading the pack and I congratulate him on his victory,” said Iaquinto.
“There’s also compelling evidence in these numbers that the 2012 race is wide open. There were four others not far behind in double digits. A lot can happen before primary season next year. Clearly there’s opportunity for someone to capture the hearts of party faithful.”