Sunday October 14, 2007
Ron Paul won the Jefferson County Republican Party's presidential straw poll Saturday at the Birmingham Zoo, with supporters casting more than half of the votes collected.
Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas, took about 57 percent of the vote with 115 ballots.
Voters paid $35 to cast the ballot and eat a barbecue lunch.
Fred Thompson, an Alabama native and former U.S. senator, came in second with 31 votes, followed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani with 18 votes and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 16.