McCotter Places Third in New Hampshire Straw Poll

Long-shot GOP presidential aspirant Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan placed third in yesterday’s New Hampshire Young Republicans Straw Poll in New Castle.  It was McCotter’s strongest showing in any straw poll to date.

The folksy, guitar-playing Michigan representative, who will turn 46 on Monday, received 8 percent of the vote, tying Texas Gov. Rick Perry for third-place honors.

Texas congressman Ron Paul, who’s waging his third campaign for the White House — his second as a Republican — and who came within 152 votes of defeating Michele Bachmann in last weekend’s widely-watched Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, was a clear winner in yesterday’s lobster-themed straw poll, garnering 45 percent of the 302 votes cast while defeating runner-up Mitt Romney by 35 percentage points.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson finished fifth in the 12-candidate field with 6 percent of the vote.  Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who recently moved to New Hampshire and plans to campaign full-time in the Granite State in advance of next year’s first-in-the-nation primary, polled 3 percent among the young GOP activists — only two points behind Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann.

Saturday’s straw poll drew approximately 350 participants.

3 Responses

  1. Brian
    Brian August 21, 2011 at 6:02 am | | Reply

    You gotta love the media when the headline is who finished THIRD!! DOH!!

  2. Charles
    Charles August 22, 2011 at 12:24 am | | Reply

    Why isn’t the headline Ron Paul Wins New Hampshire Straw Poll?

  3. Jerry
    Jerry August 25, 2011 at 3:51 am | | Reply

    Ron Paul has a pretty good history in winning straw polls so for him to win one isn’t so shocking, Look at it as a complement,. McCotter rising from last in Iowa to tie Rick Perry is closer to :Man Bites Dog”. Of course I just love Thaddeus McCotter’s ideas, so I could be a bit biased.

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