Reuters reports: Mitt Romney won a presidential straw poll of Republican conservative activists on Saturday in a boost to his suddenly hard-fought battle against Rick Santorum.
But Sarah Palin, a conservative Tea Party champion, expressed what could only be considered bad news for Romney. She called for an extended battle to choose the Republicans' nominee to face Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 general election.
Romney has been hoping to wrap up the nomination as quickly as possible but has struggled to convince conservatives that he is one of them.
"I believe that the competition has got to keep going," Palin said to cheers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington shortly after the poll results were announced.
The poll was conducted among attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a group of party activists from across the country. It is strictly symbolic but does show Romney's organizational strength and demonstrate he is capable of appealing to conservatives who have lacked enthusiasm for him.
Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, won 38% support among the 3,408 who voted in the online poll, defeating Santorum, who took 31%. Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose campaign has been fading, had 15%, and libertarian Congressman Ron Paul, who won last year's straw poll, tallied 12%.
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