The Minnesota Republican Party is holding a State Fair Straw poll of candidates seeking the Republican Party presidential endorsement in 2012. Fair goers can cast their votes at the MNGOP booth on Carnes Ave today through Labor Day.
“Politics is as much a part of state fair tradition as Pronto Pups,” said MNGOP chairman Tony Sutton in a news release. “And at this stage of the campaign there are more candidates than you can shake a stick at. A straw poll generates the kind of good old-fashioned political debate that is the foundation of grassroots politics.”
The poll includes candidates who have filed the paperwork to run for president and a few who haven’t. For example, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said he will not run for President. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has not said whether she will run.
Here’s who is listed on the Straw Poll:
MN Rep. Michele Bachmann
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
TX Rep. Ron Paul
Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
Former PA Sen. Santorum