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Straw poll: Wisconsin Republicans favor Walker for White House run

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Almost two of every three of Wisconsin's most active Republicans favor Governor Scott Walker for their party's presidential nomination in 2016. That's according to a straw poll by Wis-Politics-Dot-Com at the G-O-P state convention in Milwaukee over the weekend. Walker received 97 of 315 votes from delegates, alternates, and guests in attendance.

U-S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was a distant second with 50 votes. Janesville House Republican Paul Ryan, the party's vice presidential nominee in 2012, was third with 49 votes.

The only other race in the Wis-Politics straw poll was the Sixth U-S House District Republican primary in August. State Senator Glenn Grothman of West Bend took first with 159 votes. Sheboygan Senator Joe Leibham was second with 85, and Assembly Republican Duey Strobel of Saukville was third with 32. Among delegates who live in the district, Grothman out-polled Leibham 44-26.

Just over one-of-every-four people at the convention took part in the straw poll.