Back in December, the D.C. Young Republicans held a straw poll at their holiday party. The results showed John McCain and Rudy Giuliani tied with 22 percent each, and Mike Huckabee besting Mitt Romney with 19 percent to Romney’s 15 percent. Last night though, the big boys came out to do some Republican-reveling and pick a candidate. At the DC Republican Committee’s annual Lincoln Douglass Day Dinner, the party base had their own straw poll. Oh how two more months, the Iowa caucus, four primaries—not to mention decades-older, cultivated Republican ideals—can change things. John McCain won the poll with 43.5% of the vote. Mitt Romney came in second with 35.3%, Ron Paul in third with 8.1%, Rudy Giuliani in fourth with 6.4%, and Mike Huckabee in sixth with 5.1%. (And, no, I have no idea why Giuliani was on the ballot, since he dropped out on Wednesday, a day before the event.)

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