Gingrich Wins Minnesota Straw Poll
Whereas no potential GOP candidate has caught fire in Wisconsin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the clear favorite of party activists in neighboring Minnesota.
The recent WisPolitics Straw Poll mirrored results of my open call on dailytakes. Wisconsin activists are not fired up for any particular 2008 contender. But the folks in Minnesota sure like Newt.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was the easy winner of a straw poll Friday night that tested 2008 presidential candidate support at the Minnesota Republican Party state convention.
Gingrich got about 40 percent of the 540 votes cast, putting him far ahead of Virginia's Sen. George Allen, who got about 15 percent. Next were Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Arizona Sen. John McCain, each with about 10 percent.
"This shows activists think that Gingrich has the cachet to help set and drive the conservative agenda, just as he did when he led the Republican takeover of the House in 1994," said Tony Sutton, a Gingrich supporter and secretary-treasurer of the party. "He and Ronald Reagan were the two most important conservatives in the last 30 years."