Ron Paul surprises party establishment by winning Idaho GOP straw poll in Garden City | Idaho Politics | Idaho Statesman
- Despite a speech from U.S. Sen. Jim Risch backing Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul won Fridayís pay-to-play vote. Paulís surrogate was Washington state Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley.How strong a win? The former Libertarian got 43 percent (173 votes) to the former Massachusetts governorís 34 percent (135). Trailing them were Newt Gingrich with 12 percent (47 votes), Rick Santorum at 10 percent (40) and Jon Huntsman with 1 percent (4). A total of 399 people from across Idaho participated. Rick Perry's campaign asked not to be included on the straw poll ballot.