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01/22/2021

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Ron Paul, Mitt Romney fans battle for straw poll votes

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Ron Paul, Mitt Romney fans battle for straw poll votes

NEW ORLEANS — The straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference may not have a perfect track record in predicting the next GOP presidential nominee; in 2006, Bill Frist won the poll in Memphis, and he didn’t even wind up running. On the other hand, George W. Bush won the 1998 poll, at a conference he hadn’t even bothered to attend.

For this year’s conference, the two Republicans who appear to be the most serious about trying to run for president — Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty — aren’t here. So the straw poll is a bit of a toss-up, between …

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