Romney beats Palin in convention straw poll

Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff

The Republican establishment favourite, Mitt Romney, secured a surprise victory over the American right’s grassroots choice Sarah Palin at the weekend in an early test of who will challenge Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential race. Romney, the multi-millionaire businessman and former Massachusetts governor, won 24% (439 votes) to Palin’s 18% (330 votes) among delegates at the Southern Republican leadership conference, a traditional showcase for presidential hopefuls. Romney’s win came despite his failure to attend the New Orleans conference.

— In a speech in front of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Saturday night, Michael Steele admitted that he’s made “mistakes” during his tenure as the head of the Republican National Committee. He also said that he had learned from these mistakes and warned Republicans that Democrats would try to focus on his gaffes, rather than issues.

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