Adam Cassandra - 1/3/10
Conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) took first place for the second straight month in ConservativeHQ.com’s GOP straw poll. DeMint won the poll for the month of December with 49% of the votes from conservative and Tea Party activists—slightly down from his 53% victory in November.
The combined poll results from November and December now put DeMint’s overall standing at 50% of the total votes.
The second and third place slots also remain unchanged in this month’s poll, with former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AL) coming in second with 37% of the total votes, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) finishing third with 29%.
Look for new additions to the January poll to start shaking up the results.
As interest has grown in other candidates, CHQ’s monthly poll will expand to over 20 potential nominees, including the additions of Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN), Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), former UN Ambassador John Bolton, radio talk show host Herman Cain and billionaire Donald Trump.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who for the second straight month received zero percent of the votes, has been dropped from the list.
CHQ presented 17 potential Republican presidential candidates and allowed voters to pick their top three choices for the nomination. Only registered members of CHQ may vote in the poll.
This poll will continue to be featured—so tell others to vote.
CHQ plans to continue the poll each month, reporting the results to see which political leader conservatives are most interested in seeing as the Republican presidential nominee for 2012.
Other choices for the ongoing monthly poll include former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.
Adam Cassandra is the Assistant Editor of ConservativeHQ.com.