FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Congressman Ron Paul placed third in today’s Texas GOP Straw Poll with 16 percent of the vote. The solid outcome marked the conclusion of a highly successful weekend during which the campaign had a rally with over 1,000 attendees and raised well over $100,000. Today’s results continue a trend around the nation of top or middle tier finishes for the Paul campaign.
The presence of Dr. Paul supporters dominated the straw poll site, and campaign leaders were pleased with the results in light of the difficult voting restrictions. Only recent party delegates were allowed to cast ballots, meaning that most of the thousands who turned out for Dr. Paul could cheer and celebrate but not vote. In addition, the straw poll was held several hours away from the Paul’s stronghold of south Texas.
“This was a great weekend for our campaign, and Texans turned out in droves to support Dr. Paul,” said campaign manager Lew Moore. “The pro-war party insiders voting in this straw poll may not support him, but the majority of attendees clearly did.”
Dr. Paul is the only candidate who voted against the Iraq war and favors prompt withdrawal , a position supported by over 70 percent of the American people. Many experts believe that Republicans cannot win the presidency in 2008 if they nominate a pro-war candidate. Texans appeared to support this position by opening their wallets as the Paul campaign pulled in more money over the weekend from grassroots supporters than the Texas GOP raised from the entire straw poll.