ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports:
Presidential candidate Herman Cain won the straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver this weekend with 48 percent of the votes, followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
“How about spectacular,” Cain said to ABC News when asked how he felt about winning. “I would say that winning the straw poll is not bad for somebody who has a 48 percent name ID and with a lot of people who didn’t really give me a chance. I am doing as well as I’m doing for one simple reason. My message is resonating with the people. Secondly, my approach to problem solving, so I guess there’s two reasons, is resonating with the people, so that does make us feel really really excited.”
Cain gave a rousing speech at the summit Sunday morning, energizing the crowd with his message about American independent energy, immigration, and fighting the establishment. Many people turned in their straw poll ballot before Cain’s speech and tried to switch their votes after hearing him speak, though the conference did not allow it.
On Saturday, Cain placed second in the Smart Girls Conference straw poll, losing to Rep. Michele Bachmann by only 4 votes.
Rick Perry, who is considering a presidential run, placed second receiving 67 votes after delivering a speech to the group Friday night.
Full list below:
Michele Bachmann — 9 percent, 44 votes
John Bolton — 4 percent, 20 votes
Herman Cain — 48 percent, 246 votes
Newt Gingrich — 1 percent, 3 votes
Rudy Giuliani — 0 percent, 0 votes
Jon Huntsman — 0 percent, 1 vote
Gary Johnson — 0 percent, 1 vote
Thaddeus McCotter — 0 percent, 2 votes
Sarah Palin — 1 percent, 5 votes
Ron Paul — 2 percent, 12 votes
Tim Pawlenty — 1 percent, 7 votes
Rick Perry — 13 percent, 67 votes
Mitt Romney — 10 percent, 49 votes
Rick Santorum — 10 percent, 50 votes
Paul Ryan -– 1 vote