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Results were in Saturday evening for the Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll, with Ron Paul finishing strongly and a weak showing for the state's own governor.

Tea Party groups organized the survey to give conservative voters more of a voice in national politics.

In-person voting took place over the last few days in Houston, but anyone statewide could participate through a text option. There were 707 paper ballots counted, with Ron Paul finishing in first place with nearly 28 percent of the votes.

  1. Ron Paul 27.9%
  2. Newt Gingrich 23.8%
  3. Rick Santorum 21.2%
  4. Rick Perry 19.4%
  5. Mitt Romney 6.6%
  6. Jon Huntsman 1.1%

More than 3,300 people voted by text, and this time Ron Paul was the clear winner, with more than 54% support.

  1. Ron Paul 54.4%
  2. Rick Santorum 15.6%
  3. Rick Perry 13.3%
  4. Newt Gingrich 11.9%
  5. Mitt Romney 4.2%
  6. Jon Huntsman 0.5%

In a separate ballot for candidates seeking the soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat of Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Ted Cruz outdistanced all opponents with 48% in the straw poll and 49% in the text poll.

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