He's not one of the frontrunners nationally, but Duncan Hunter has won the Republican Party Straw Poll in Texas.
The California congressman got 534 votes, but that was more than 40 percent of the total cast in yesterday's low-turnout event in Fort Worth. None of the top-tier candidates competed.
Unlike some other so-called beauty-contest votes, the Texas straw poll is open only to party activists. Voting is restricted to people who've been delegates or alternates to recent Republican conventions.