South Carolina Federation of Woman Presidential Straw Poll
- Herman Cain 24.5%
- Newt Gingrich 19.1%.
- Michelle Bachmann 17.3%
- Mitt Romney 17.3%
- Rick Santorum 10.9%
- Rick Perry 4.5%
- undecided 6.4%
- Jon Huntsman 0.0%
- Gary Johnson 0.0%
- Ron Paul 0.0%
Cain captured 24.5% of the vote. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished second with 19.1%. Rep. Michelle Bachmann and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tied for third place with 17.3% apiece. Only six of the nine candidates on the ballot received votes. Bachmann and Romney were followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum (10.9%) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (4.5%). More voters identified themselves as undecided (6.4%) than Perry supporters, while Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson and Ron Paul received nary a vote.
Convention-goers also were asked who would be their second choice, and Gingrich received the most votes on that question, with 28.2% of voters identifying him as their backup pick. Cain was second at 25.5%, meaning half of the convention-goers identified Cain as either their first or second choice.
Romney was identified as the candidate “most likely to beat Obama” receiving 28.2% of the vote. Cain was second with 24.5% and Gingrich third at 22.7%.
Economy/Jobs (37.3%) was selected by the most voters as the “concern most important” in choosing the Republican nominee for President. Taxes and Spending and Electability in November both were identified by 20% of voters as their most important concern.
An overwhelming 73.6% of voters think the Republican Party should nominate a “solid conservative on all issues”; 25.6% think the Party should nominate a “mainstream candidate who can appeal to independents and conservative Democrats.”