Tea Party Hands Herman Cain Another Presidential Straw Poll Victory
A straw poll by Tea Party Fort Lauderdale affirms that the Republican Party's presidential candidates aren't bowling over the voters.
Notching another straw vote victory, Godfather's Pizza exec Herman Cain topped a disparate field, receiving 18.5 percent of the first-place votes and 16 percent of the second-place ballots cast.
Mitt Romney finished second with 13.5 percent of the first-place votes, followed by Ron Paul with 12 percent.
Cain has won several other tea votes around the country, including a straw poll at Tea Party Patriots' national convention in Phoenix earlier this year.
In a sign of general dissatisfaction with the cast of presidential hopefuls, 11.5 percent of Fort Lauderdale tea partiers wrote in the name of U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, as their top choice. West has said he has no presidential aspirations.
The rest of the field splintered in single digits.
While West may have benefited from his geographic proximity to the polling, another "local" didn't fare nearly so well. Donald Trump received just 5 percent of the first-place votes and led the field in the "least favorite" category. One-third of balloters said The Donald would be their last choice.
Tea Party Fort Lauderdale's unscientific straw poll attracted 197 voters and was conducted May 7-14.