Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson has by far the largest contingent of supporters here. They've got volunteers at the main entrance to the hotel, the convention entrance, at the bottom at top of escalators, near Radio Row, in the exhibit hall, near the cafe. They're carrying flyers comparing Thompson's record on gays and abortion with Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. The quotations are fairly selective, and Thompson, of course, does not mention his brief stint as an abortion rights lobbyist.

But he really wants to win this straw poll.

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