Something tells me this wasn't the result the Berks County Republican Party had in mind.
About 200 Berks County Republicans gathered this week to "caucus" on a potential presidential nominee.
The unofficial gathering came three months before voters get to actually pick their party nominee for president, but there's not much to do in Berks County in January, so why not get a bunch of people together and pretend to vote.
The results were a bit ... surprising.
Ron Paul, the Texas congressman, won the straw poll. That either means Ron Paul supporters packed the meeting or Berks County conservatives are having a hard time with the current GOP field.
The vote was all over the place.
Rep. Paul received 61 of the 193 votes cast during the informal presidential caucus, reports Mary Young of the
The event was well attended for a January evening at the Lessport Farmers Market with about 300 party faithful braving bitterly cold temperatures to participate in the straw poll and help the GOP get organized.
Mitt Romney finished second, another surprise considering Berks County Republicans are on the conservative side.
Of the 193 votes cast, 61 or 31.6 percent, went to Paul, according to Young.
According to the newspaper, the other candidates and their totals, were:
• Mitt Romney, 41 or 21.2 percent.
• Mike Huckabee, 36 votes or 18.7 percent.
• John McCain, 24 or 12.4 percent.
• Rudy Giuliani, 21 or 10.9 percent.
• Other candidates, 10 or 5.2 percent.
Berks County Republican Party Chairman Mark M. Gillen called the Jan. 22 event a success.
"Fully half of those standing in the room had never been to a GOP event before," Gillen told the newspaper. "For the first time in their political lives they had the opportunity to have input into a public presentation about the candidate of their choice."