Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) won a straw poll at Saturday’s Republican Leadership Conference, gaining nearly 40 percent of the votes.
Of 1,542 votes, Rep. Paul garnered 612, while GOP candidates Jon Huntsman and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) placed second and third with 382 and 191 votes respectively, according to Ron Paul’s fan site.
“This win is just the latest indicator of how the majority of American opinion is turning in Ron Paul’s direction,” Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign chairman, told Reuters.
“Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who leads national opinion polls in the 2012 Republican race for the nomination to challenge President Barack Obama, was fifth with 74 votes,” the article read.
Romney barely beat Rep. Paul in last year’s RLC straw poll.