LITTLE ROCK, AR – Former AR Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee proved today that he is "favorite son of conservative voters," placing first place in a "Values Voter" Straw Poll among attendees of the Family Research Council's Summit in Washington, D.C.
Huckabee was the No. 1 favorite among the 952 attendees the summit and voted in person, with 51 percent of the vote – defeating rival Mitt Romney who received just 10 percent of the vote.
The results are as follows:
1.) Mike Huckabee - 488 - 51.26%
2.) Mitt Romney – 99 – 10.40%
3.) Fred Thompson – 77 – 8.09%
4.) Tom Tancredo – 65 – 6.83%
"Today's victory in the on-site contest is yet another indicator that I am the top choice of voters in America who are looking for a truly consistent, conservative candidate with a proven record of results and the vision to lead America forward," said Huckabee.
Huckabee, who had 11 standing ovations during a rousing speech today before an enthusiastic audience, espoused his "non-negotiable" priorities for America – "freedom, faith and family." After the speech, he finished just 30 votes behind Mitt Romney in a straw poll which included online polling.
"I said today that I am someone who comes not to the faith community, but from the faith community," Huckabee said. "These results show that, among voters who place values at the forefront of their choice of presidential candidates, I am understood and recognized as a top tier candidate. That's very encouraging," he said.
"In fact, I predict that, when conservative voters put me alongside the other candidates in a head-to-head comparison, they will see the differences between us – and propel my campaign to victory in January in the Iowa Caucuses," said Huckabee.