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Published: Monday, Mar. 21, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Applause, straw poll take GOP pulse for 2012

Possible 2012 presidential contenders Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney got the best ovations during a luncheon applause poll at this weekend’s California Republican Party convention, but U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, D-Texas, was the top vote-getter in a straw poll organized by one group at the Sacramento confab.

Paul, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, won 17.8 percent of the 202 votes cast in the informal straw poll conducted at a booth run by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. The Saturday poll was open to convention delegates, party activists and registered Republican voters, the group said.

Romney, the former presidential primary candidate and Massachusetts governor, came in second with 10.9 percent of the vote and former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin followed with 7.9 percent.

The two could-be candidates who spoke at the convention didn’t fare as well. The “undecided” category won more votes (5 percent) than either former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton (4 percent) or Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (2 percent).

– Torey Van Oot

TODAY AT THE CAPITOL

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