NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Ron Paul was appointed on Saturday by Republican voters as the favorite candidate for 2012 presidential election in a vote held in the symbolic framework of the Conference of the Conservative Party.
Ron Paul won 612 votes at the end of this “straw vote” (“straw poll”) which brought together nearly 2,000 delegates from 38 states to New Orleans.
Former U.S. ambassador to China, John Hunstsman, which is expected to announce his intention to run for the White House on Tuesday, finished second with 382 votes, ahead of Minnesota elected to the House of Representatives, Michele Bachmann (191 votes) and the ‘businessman Herman Cain (104 votes).
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is racing ahead in the polls for the Republican primary, received 74 votes.
The former running mate John McCain for president in 2008, Sarah Palin, 41 votes. The spokesman for the hardline movement’s Tea Party has not officially announced his candidacy.