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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gingrich Takes The Tea Party Patriots Florida Straw Poll

By Susan Duclos

Following a tele-conference call with 6,000 nearly Tea Party activists participating, 600 of them also participated in the Florida Tea Party Patriots straw poll.

Question: If the election were held today, who would you vote for?

Newt Gingrich 35%

Rick Santorum 31%

Mitt Romney 18%

Ron Paul 11%

Undecided/None of the Above 5%

(Results are rounded to nearest percentage point.)

When asked about enthusiasm, both Gingrich and Santorum received 35% saying they would be extremely enthusiastic about a Gingrich or Santorum nomination. Romney came in at 21% and Paul at 11%. (H/T DC)

Note- This and other Florida primary day news is also being added to the live blogging/discussion of the Florida primary exit polls and results, as updates.

With Romney having outspent Gingrich and the other candidates by over 5 to 1 in Florida, mostly on negative television ads, and over 600,000 early votes and absentee votes submitted where Romney holds a large lead, this straw poll is simply another factor added in to the Florida primary day news.