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Romney Tops GOP Straw Poll In Conservative SW Ohio

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has won a straw poll of GOP voters in southwest Ohio, a conservative corner of the battleground state. The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/xOmUtk ) reports 277 people cast ballots in the unscientific poll Saturday at the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club's pancake breakfast in Sharonville. Romney took nearly half the vote, with 48 percent compared to 24 percent for Newt Gingrich. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum got 22 percent, and Texas congressman Ron Paul had 6 percent. Some attendees didn't vote because they were undecided or unsatisfied with the options. Blue Ash council member Rick Bryan conducted the official vote count and said the outcome would be a good indicator of how local Republicans feel because those in attendance represented the area's GOP base.