The Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) is a political event held in the Southern United States before each presidential election. The event is attended by Republican Party activists, elected officials, and candidates for office. It has featured every major Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan, and is best known for its presidential straw poll, which receives national media attention. In 2011, the event was dubbed the Republican Leadership Conference before restoring its original name for 2012.
|1||Carson, BenBen Carson||25|
|2||Walker, ScottScott Walker||21|
|3||Cruz, TedTed Cruz||17|
The 2014 Republican Leadership Conference was held in New Orleans, and featured various speakers such as RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, Businessman and current President Donald Trump, Louisiana Senator David Vitter, Colonel and former Congressman Allen West, former US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Utah Senator Mike Lee, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Businessman and former Presidential candidate Herman Cain, Former Pennsylvania Senator and former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy, Congresswoman and former Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, and Texas Governor and former Presidential candidate Rick Perry.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz narrowly won the 2014 straw poll, barely defeating Dr. Ben Carson. Senator Rand Paul came in a distant third, while former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry rounded out the top 5.
|1||Cruz, TedTed Cruz||30|
|2||Carson, BenBen Carson||29|
|3||Paul, RandRand Paul||10|
|4||Huckabee, MikeMike Huckabee||5|
|5||Perry, RickRick Perry||5|
The 2011 event featured various speakers, including Governors, Senators, state legislators, and authors. It was attended by several candidates, and potential candidates, for President of the United States, including Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Governor Gary Johnson, Congressman Ron Paul, Governor Rick Perry, former Governor Buddy Roemer and former Senator Rick Santorum. Other speakers at the conference included Governors Bobby Jindal and Haley Barbour, and Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown.
Congressman Ron Paul won the straw poll by a large margin, with Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., who was scheduled to speak at the event but cancelled, placing second. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and businessman Herman Cain placed in a close third and fourth.
|1||Paul, RonRon Paul||41|
|2||Huntsman, JonJon Huntsman||25|
|3||Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann||13|
|4||Cain, HermanHerman Cain||7|
|5||Romney, MittMitt Romney||5|
|6||Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich||5|
|7||Santorum, RickRick Santorum||2|
|8||Pawlenty, TimTim Pawlenty||1|
|9||Johnson, GaryGary Johnson||1|
|10||Roemer, BuddyBuddy Roemer||1|
|11||McCotter, ThadThad McCotter||<1|
The 2010 convention was attended by U.S. Representative and 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas; Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele; and former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Mitt Romney won the presidential straw poll by a single vote. Both Romney and Ron Paul received 24 per cent of the vote. Potential 2012 presidential candidates Senator John Thune of South Dakota, Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Governor Rick Perry of Texas asked for their names not to be included on the straw poll ballot.
|George W. Bush||147||10|
|Write-in candidates other than Bush and Rice||43||3|