Donald Trump garnered the support of GOProud, the gay group that has caused a bit of controversy at the years Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC); but it doesn’t look like they were able to rally enough support to get the reality star measured as a write-in candidate.
GOProud asked Trump to address the convention and organized his write-in effort that gained less than 5 percent of the nearly 4,000 votes cast at the convention. The definitely numbers of the write-in results weren’t released immediately.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished first in the CPAC straw poll at this weekend’s conference. This is his second consecutive win. He got 30$ of the votes, followed by Mitt Romney who picked up 23%.
The rest of the numbers were spread out among New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (6%), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (5%), former Minnesota Governor Michele Bachmann (4%), former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (3%), former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (2%), and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (2%).
Palin and Huckabee didn’t attend CPAC this year. As the tea party figure head, Palin made it clear that she couldn’t come to this weekend’s festivities due to a scheduling error and not out of protest for gay’s participation. She actually said she believes all conservative groups should be able to attend.