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Paulites looking for another straw poll victory

by James Plummer

NEW ORLEANS -- Coming off their victory in the Presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, supporters of (FreeLiberal.com columnist) Congressman Ron Paul are trying to make another splash this weekend with another win. The Southern Republican Leadership Conference is this weekend, with speeches by noted Republican politicos and networking opportunities for conservative activists.

The Paul-affiliated Campaign For Liberty has a presence here and more Paulites are expected to arrive tomorrow in time for the Congressman's speech. A donor has provided several tickets through C4L discounted to $30 from the face value of a couple hundred dollars. "Evangelicals for Mitt" is making a push to get Romney supporters to attend and vote. Palin partisans are making their presence known also. Gov. Gary Johnson, a Paul ally and potential 2012 candidate himself, is here too.

The straw poll voting goes on all day today and tomorrow, with results announced Saturday evening. Meanwhile, MSNBC reports that if Paul wins again, the losers will pressure future Republican confabs to cancel their polls.