With a 21% lead, Ron Paul won the first Oklahoma Straw Poll conducted online at http://www.OklahomaStrawPoll.com from November 21st to December 5th.
The results were:
Ron Paul - 46%
Herman Cain - 25%
Newt Gingrich - 17%
Mitt Romney - 6%
Rick Perry - 3%
Michele Bachmann - 2%
Rick Santorum - 1%
Gary Johnson - less than 1%
If the general election were held today, only Ron Paul could beat Barack Obama in Iowa.
According to an NBC-Marist survey (pdf) conducted Nov. 27-29 among 2,896 registered voters, Paul ties Obama, with each contestant gaining 42% of the vote.
Other Republicans do significantly worse against the presumed Democratic candidate: Romney -7, Gingrich -10, Perry -11 and Bachmann -23. The margin of error is 1.8 percentage points.
Ron Paul 42%, Obama 42% (tied)
Mitt Romney 39%, Obama 46% (-7)
Newt Gingrich 37%, Obama 47% (-10)
Rick Perry 37%, Obama 48% (-11)
Michele Bachmann 31%, Obama 54% (-23)
Two recent Rasmussen polls show that Ron Paul is not only statistically tied with Obama (38% vs. 39%); he does better against the current president than any other declared or potential GOP candidate:
1. Ron Paul 38%, Barack Obama 39% (1% difference)
2. Rick Perry 40%, Barack Obama 43% (3% difference)
3. Michele Bachmann 39%, Barack Obama 43% (4% difference)
4. Mitt Romney 38%, Barack Obama 46% (8% difference)
5. Sarah Palin 33%, Barack Obama 50% (17% difference)
In the Iowa voters result, Paul took 82%. Following him were Herman Cain with 14.7%, Rick Santorum with 1%, Newt Gingrich with 0.9%, Michele Bachmann with 0.5%, Rick Perry with 0.5%, Gary Johnson with 0.2%, with Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman 0%.
The Illinois Republican Party says Ron Paul has won a statewide straw poll that sought to determine voters' unofficial preference for the GOP presidential nomination.
The Texas congressman won Saturday's poll with 52 percent of the vote. Paul won in both online and total votes.