Most political observers will be splitting their time this weekend between the Iowa straw poll for GOP Presidential contenders and what Governor Rick Perry of Texas has to say.
However, a possible sneak peak of things to come was done in Harrington inside the Delaware Republican tent. There, people could cast their vote on who they believed should be the GOP nominee for President in 2012.
Michelle Bachmann was the clear winner. The Minnesota Congresswoman received 18% of the vote.
After that the vote gets interesting. Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney pulled in 15%. The voting was done from July 21 to July 31st.
The next closest challenger was someone who has said time and time again that he is not going to run next year: Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. Christie received 12% of the vote. That vote total might have come as a home state favorite. Christie is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
The only other candidate with a double digit percentage was Sarah Palin with 10%. Former Pa. U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, former Utah Governor John Huntsman, and Gary Johnson all had 2% or less. “Other names” received 3%.
In our own admittedly unscientific newsworks.org/delaware survey Ron Paul received 25% of the vote. Bachmann had almost 12% and Rudy Guiliani was an early leader and hung on with over 18%.