Both Rick Perry and Mitt Romney spoke at Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan yesterday. But it was Romney who swept the straw poll, winning 51 percent to Perry’s 17 percent. Herman Cain, who won the Presidency 5 straw poll in Florida yesterday, placed third with 9 percent. Next was Ron Paul (8 percent), followed by Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich (4 percent), Rick Santorum (3 percent), and Jon Huntsman (2 percent).
For Perry, already fighting off campaign in turmoil stories in the wake of Thursday’s debate and yesterday’s Florida straw poll results, placing over 30 points behind Romney is another blow. It’s true that Romney had a significant advantage — his father was governor of Michigan — but for Romney to do that well even after Perry made the effort to give a speech bodes ill of his ability to woo over crowds.