Reporting from Washington— Mitt Romney won a presidential preference straw poll of party activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, giving him a morale boost after a trio of losses earlier in the week that suggested the Republican base was still cool to the tentative front-runner.
Romney was the choice of 38% of the 3,408 CPAC attendees who voted in the poll, and Rick Santorum finished second with 31%. Newt Gingrich won 15% and Ron Paul had 12%.
Romney, Santorum and Gingrich addressed the conference on Friday. In his speech, Romney described himself as having been a "severely conservative" governor and a Washington outsider.
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