TUSCALOOSA (FMLiveWire) -- Congressman Ron Paul has just swept two straw polls, and won the West Alabama Republican Assembly 2007 Presidential Preference Straw Poll on August 18 with 81% of the votes.
Of 266 votes cast, Paul supporters claimed 216 in a dramatic upset win which again gives the presidential campaign of the libertarian a dramatic boost.
In sharp contrast, former GOP leading candidate Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney came in a distant second with a laughable 14 votes, and the other Republican candidates obtained even fewer votes.
"Ron Paul believes in freedom and the Constitution, and as a historian it is my sincere opinion that he is the greatest Congressman in American history," said Thomas Woods, a local resident and New York Times bestselling author.
Woods and other Paul supporters noted that Ron Paul is the only candidate willing to stand up for the US Constitution, and bring American troops home from the illegal Iraqi oil war. Paul also wants to repeal the Internal Revenue Service and end government spying on the emails and phone calls of US citizens.
Romney's dismal showing was in spite of his having spent quite a bit of time in Alabama.
California Representative Duncan Hunter came in third at the straw poll with 10 votes. Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson obtained 9 votes, while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani achieved only 7.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took 6, Arizona Senator John McCain and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback were tied with only two votes each, while Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo bagged zero votes.
Paul also swept the New Hampshire straw poll with 208 votes or 73% of the vote. Romney again only took 26 votes; Huckabee had 20; Tancredo - 8; McCain - 7; Cox - 5; Hunter - 5; Thompson - 3; Giuliani - 3; and, Brownback - 1.
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