The Values Voter Summit Straw Poll results are in. Here’s the deal. Mitt Romney just slightly edged out Huckabee when you include Internet votes, by less than a half a percent. But pro-Romney Websites were pushing readers to vote for their guy. When you look at onsite votes of people who had a chance to watch all the candidates speak, Huckabee blew Romney out of the water–51 percent to 10 percent. Everybody who was at the conference saw how Huckabee wowed the room. It will be really hard for Christian leaders meeting this weekend to choose Romney as their candidate for pragmatic reasons when it’s so obvious that Huckabee is the choice of their base. Also, a weak showing by Fred Thompson at 8 percent, especially because Giuliani was at 6 percent. Interestingly, the Giuliani camp should be happy with this result. This is an audience that should be the most hostile to his candidacy, yet he polled better onsite than Duncan Hunter, John McCain and Sam Brownback (who I imagine would have done better were it not for news that he was dropping out).
Which of the following candidates for President would you most likely to vote for?