Saturday, September 18, 2010
Pence A Favorite Of Social Conservatives
While the news media in Indiana is yucking it up about a possible run for president by Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indiana's U.S. Rep. Mike Pence is demonstrating unusual strength for someone who is supposedly not running for president. Pence topped a straw poll of Republican presidential contenders in 2012 at the Family Research Council's Voters Summit in Washington today. Pence placed first with 24% of the vote, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who placed second with 22%. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came in third with 13%, while Newt Gingrich picked up the support of 10% to take fourth place. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin surprisingly drew just 7% of the vote. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour captured only 1% of the vote. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Daniels did not participate in the straw vote. Pence reportedly drew the most favorable reaction from the crowd when he spoke Friday night among other candidates, including Huckabee, Gingrich and Romney.