Ron Paul wins Illinois Republican straw poll

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In this Wednesday, July 11, 2012 photo, Jon Basso, owner and bartender of the Heart Attack Grill, stands in his restaurant in Las Vegas. Basso said his business weathered the recession well "because of how outlandish we are." He mimed a coin flip when asked about his presidential preference; his favored candidate had been Ron Paul, the Texas congressman outpaced by Mitt Romney. "Our whole gimmick is one massive libertarian protest," Basso said of his restaurant. "I want the Democrats to stay out of my wallet and the Republicans to stay out of my bedroom." (AP Photo/David Crary)

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Ron Paul was declared the winner on Saturday, Nov. 5, of a weeklong Republican presidential straw poll in Democratic President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois.

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