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January 31, 2011 at 9:15 AM

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Straw poll: WA GOP activists like Daniels for President

Posted by Jim Brunner

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels may not be a household name, but the potential 2012 Presidential contender beat out better-known politicians in a straw poll of Washington state GOP activists over the weekend.

The poll emerged Sunday from the 300-plus activists and politicians gathered in Ocean Shores for the Roanoke Conference

Sixteen potential GOP presidential candidates received votes. Daniels led with 31 percent, well above second-place finisher Mitt Romney of Massachussetts (14 percent.)

Former Gov. Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were way down the list, with just 3 percent each. Tea party favorite Michelle Bachman got just 1 percent. This was clearly not a tea-party event.

Click here to read the full straw poll results.

In its second year, the Roanoke conference looks like it is becoming a must-attend event for mainstream Republican leaders.

Speakers this time included former White House press secretary Dana Perino and newly elected state GOP chairman Kirby Wilbur. State Attorney General Rob McKenna gave the opening address and had a prominent campaign presence there, according to Twitter reports over the weekend.

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