South Carolina Straw Poll Shows Thompson #1, Paul #2
Former Senator Fred Thompson won a GOP straw poll in South Carolina yesterday with 46% of the vote. Rep. Ron Paul finished second in the contest with 18%, edging out former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney with 17%. South Carolina is an early primary state, and Thompson forces have stacked a lot of chips on the contest- most observers say Thompson will all but skip the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire and focus on the deep-south state where he best resonates with voters.