Area conservative group throws weight behind Santorum

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., was the clear favorite among local, self-described conservatives in a straw poll.

Among the 118 people who attended the Western Slope Conservative Alliance meeting Thursday, Santorum captured nearly half the votes, 52, in the straw poll, the organization said.

Mitt Romney, who two days earlier finished in a virtual tie with Santorum in the Iowa caucuses, was a distant second among the Colorado conservatives with 19 votes, followed by 14 votes for undecided.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas each were favored by 11 voters, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry got three votes.

Herman Cain tied with “Anybody but Obama” with two votes each.

Garnering one vote each were John Davis, the Grand Junction man traveling the country in a presidential bid, Donald Trump, President Obama and “None of the Above.”


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