(Published Sept. 17, 2007, 2:12 p.m.)
Former Sen. Fred Thompson was the favorite in the Republican Party of Walworth County's straw poll conducted during the Walworth County Fair.
The poll gauged which presidential candidate had the most support among fair goers. Former Sen. Fred Thompson took home a convincing win, receiving over 42 percent of the more than 400 votes cast.
Thompson only officially announced his candidacy a week ago Wednesday during an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Thompson was followed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who garnered nearly 18 percent of the vote.
Thompson and Giuliani were followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who, despite finding his name towardthe top of national polls, finished third with just under 12 percent of the vote.
While he wasn't surprised with the Thompson victory, 1st Congressional District Republican Party Chairman Tyler August found the results interesting.
"The amazing part about this poll is that Sen. Thompson hadn't even officially entered the race yet while it was being conducted," August was quoted as saying in a news release.
"With his candidacy becoming official this week, I expect him to continue to pick up steam not only here in Walworth County, but across the country as well."
August noted the strong Republican tradition in Walworth County. "Walworth County has always been a great place with a lot of Republicans," August said. "The support he is already garnering in Walworth County certainly could be an indicator of how grassroots Republicans are feeling about Senator Thompson's run for the Oval Office."
Results of the straw poll:
Fred Thompson, 42.79%
Rudy Guliani, 17.66%
Mitt Romney, 11.94%
John McCain, 9.45%
Ron Paul, 7.71%
Mike Huckabee, 5.22%
Sam Brownbeck, 2.24%
Duncan Hunter, 0.25%
Paul Ryan, 1%
Newt Gingrich, 0.75%
Tommy Thompson, 0.75%
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