Mitt Romney won the California Republican Party straw poll after several rounds of voting:
"At the California Republican Convention late last month, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won a poll of preferred GOP candidates for president in 2012.After eight rounds of voting, Romney came out on top, besting former House speaker Newt Gingrich (who garnered the second-highest amount of votes) and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. Big names like former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin were knocked out in early rounds of voting."
California is a crucial state for anyone hoping to become the next President of the United States since it carries a whopping 55 electoral votes. Although Mitt Romney lost to John McCain in the 2008 California primary, the advantage goes to Mitt Romney when it comes to competing in California for the 2012 Presidential Elections.
Mitt Romney decided to make California his home and bought a $12 million dollar beach front house in San Diego. Despite buying a nice home in La Jolla, Mitt Romney is really a down to earth guy. When his book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness", was first published, he made three stops in California to promote his book during his book tour.
Romney has also been active in California politics. He's endorsed a number of candidates during the 2010 Primaries. He endorsed Meg Whitman, Tony Strickland, Van Thai Tran, and Carly Fiorina and other political candidates running in the California 2012 midterm elections.
Many political observers thought that Mitt Romney came out as the biggest loser in California since most of the candidates he endorsed lost. However, various polls in the past year or so proves that Mitt Romney is actually the biggest winner in California. In March 2010, Mitt Romney won the Magellan early 2012 Presidential Preference poll. He was also found to be the top Republican contender in California in a Public Policy Poll taken in November 2010. He also came out on top in the Public Policy Poll taken in February 2011
"In the presidential race, Mitt Romney continues to show strength in the West and in blue states. He leads California’s primary contest nominally, but the top four are all statistically tied. Romney has 22% over rare second-place finisher Newt Gingrich’s 18%, Sarah Palin’s 16%, and Mike Huckabee’s 15%. 12% prefer an unnamed candidate or are undecided. Ron Paul has a somewhat unusually high 10%, with Tim Pawlenty (3%), Mitch Daniels (2%), and John Thune (1%) about where they usually are."
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