Wow! This is a huge win for Newt Gingrich! I'll tell you, with the kind of news he's been getting recently, this Tea Party straw poll win has got to feel good! This is going to have HUGE repercussions for his campaign!
Gingrich garnered 31 percent of the vote from nearly 23,000 Tea Party voters nationwide, besting Bachmann by three percentage points. Mitt Romney earned 20 percent of the voters, with Rick Santorum, at 16 percent, the only other candidate to earn double digits. Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman all earned 3 percent or less of the vote.
"An overwhelming number of activists from around the nation showed they are serious about electing a candidate who advances Tea Party principles,” said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, in a statement. “Just as in 2010, candidates like Newt Gingrich will need to show they will be fiscally responsible and protect the Constitution in the White House."
Oh. He beat Michele Bachmann.
By three points.
It's still a nice win. The trophy will look nice on his mantle, at any rate.
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