(CHICAGO) -- On Saturday, Texas Rep. Ron Paul was declared the winner of an Illinois Republican straw poll.
Of 3, 649 ballots cast both online and in person throughout the week from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, Paul beat GOP competitors with 52 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 35 percent of the in person vote though his combined score of 14 percent placed him third behind businessman Herman Cain's 18 percent.
Anyone who donated $5 to the Illinois GOP could vote in the straw poll.
"Today's straw poll was an excellent opportunity to showcase our party's strength one year out of the election," said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady. "I am pleased with today's turnout and look forward to building on our successes from 2010."
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