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March 01, 2011 12:09 ET

Palin Wins February Townhall Republican Straw Poll; March Voting Period Begins

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won the Republican Straw Poll for February reflecting the opinion of hundreds of thousands of conservative voters on and Second place belonged to Ron Paul with 15 percent and third place went to Mitt Romney with 11 percent.

Townhall/HotAir, the leading conservative online network owned by Salem Communications (NASDAQ: SALM), released the February results of the Townhall Republican Straw Poll Monday. With hundreds of thousands of and readers registering their votes, the results foreshadow the battle for the Republican nomination over the next several months.

Despite no official candidates running yet, conservative voters are obviously beginning to develop favorites already in the field of possible choices.

The full results of the Townhall/ HotAir straw poll results are as follows:

18% Sarah Palin
15% Ron Paul
11% Mitt Romney
10% Newt Gringrich
8% Mike Huckabee
7% Chris Christie
6% Herman Cain

Full straw poll results and coverage of the 2012 Republican primary can be found on's Tipsheet. Each month, until the nominee is determined, will reset the straw poll and announce the results of the preceding month to its two million email subscribers, the news media and through its print magazine, Townhall Magazine.

"With over four million active conservatives and tea party activists reading our content each month, the network represents exactly what the Republican primary electorate looks like," Jonathan Garthwaite, General Manager of, said. "We look forward to reporting on our readers' opinions as the race for the Republican Presidential nomination takes shape this year."

Being the leader in online conservative news, opinion and analysis, and its Republican Straw Poll are keeping track of the pulse of the conservative movement as the Republican primary battle continues to unfold.

Along with the interactive straw poll, offers many outlets for readers to get involved in the conservative movement including content from noted journalists, conservative cartoons and its print publication, Townhall Magazine. HotAir is the go-to conservative blog for over two million readers each month. Contributing writers for the Townhall/HotAir network include Ann Coulter, Thomas Sowell, Michelle Malkin, and many more.

About Salem Communications:

Salem Communications Corporation is the largest commercial U.S. radio broadcasting company that provides programming targeted at audiences interested in Christian and family-themed radio content, as measured by the number of stations and audience coverage. Upon completion of all announced transactions, the company will own a national portfolio of 95 radio stations in 37 markets, including 59 stations in 22 of the top 25 markets. Salem also programs the Family Talk™ Christian-themed talk format on XM Radio, channel 170, and on SIRIUS, channel 161.

Salem owns Salem Radio Network, a national radio network that syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,000 affiliated radio stations and Salem Media Representatives, a national media advertising sales firm with offices across the country.

In addition to its radio broadcast business, Salem owns a non-broadcast media division. Salem Web Network is a provider of online Christian and conservative-themed content and streaming and includes websites such as Christian faith focused, Questions and Answers about Jesus Christ at, Christian living focused®, online Bible at, and Christian radio ministries online at Additionally Salem owns conservative news leader® and conservative political blog, providing conservative commentary, news and blogging. Salem Publishing™ circulates Christian and conservative magazines such as Homecoming® The Magazine, YouthWorker Journal™, The Singing News, FaithTalk Magazine, Preaching and Townhall Magazine™. Xulon Press™ is a provider of self publishing services targeting the Christian audience.

Contact Information

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    Jonathan Garthwaite
    Phone: 703-294-6046
    Fax: 703-247-1259