Saturday, June 9, 2007

Thompson tops straw vote at Gillmor-hosted banquet

The Toledo Blade | JOSHUA BOAK

BOWLING GREEN - Fresh from starring as Ulysses Grant in the HBO film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Fred Thompson won an early audition for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination yesterday.

At the annual Lincoln-Hayes Banquet hosted by Ohio Congressman Paul Gillmor, the former Tennessee senator captured 32.5 percent of the 166 votes cast in a straw poll. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney tied for second in the poll with 18.1 percent. Arizona Sen. John McCain received 11.4 percent.

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