Perry wins straw poll … in Alabama

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the winner of today’s Alabama — that’s Alabama — straw poll, according to party officials there.

Perry, who announced his candidacy for president as a Republican on Saturday, won with 46 percent of the vote. He was the keynote speaker at state GOP party’s annual summer dinner this weekend.

Herman Cain placed second with 21 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who attracted 16 percent of the vote, according to a release. (RELATED: Rick Santorum: I’m the little engine that could)

The vote comes on the same say as the far better-publicized Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa.