Interesting that he had more votes than all the others combined in the first one, and beat native son Gingrich in both.
But the most interesting news came from the presidential straw poll, which had been tacked on to the end of the officer ballot, almost as an afterthought. The delegates were given a choice of a dozen or so candidates. None of the Presidential campaigns were represented at the convention.
The national frontrunner, Rudy Giuliani, placed third, right behind Georgia’s own Newt Gingrich, who finished second. But the winner was former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee, who received more votes than all the other candidates combined.
Courtesy of Political Insider colum by Tom Baxter and Jim Galloway in the Atlanta Journal-Consitution
Also the party conducted a presidential straw poll with former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee garnering the most votes. In second place was former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Here are the complete results:
Former Sen. Fred Thompson 38.9% Former Speaker Newt Gingrich 30.5% Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani 15.2% Former Gov. Mitt Romney 8.4% Former Gov. Mike Huckabee 1.6% Sen. Sam Brownback 1.6% Cong. Duncan Hunter 1.6% Former Gov. Jim Gilmore 1.6%
Courtesy of Staff Reporters at Rome News-Tribune