The results are revealed at around 7 PM EDT. Doug has already provided a preview below.
In other news:
-Adrienne made it in the AFP write-up of the SRLC.
-I think it's safe to say that Chris Matthews was right to give Palin the victory in her exchange with Obama. "Fifty-five percent (55%) of U.S. voters oppose President Obama’s new policy prohibiting the use of nuclear weapons in response to chemical or biological attacks on the United States" and Obama's disapproval rating in the Gallup Daily Tracking poll among adults, not registered or likely voters, hit a record high today.
-Here's the Washington Post's write-up of Palin's SRLC speech. CBS Evening News also produced a segment on her speech.
-Liberal Greg Sargent thinks he knows something about Palin's team.
-This will be the last time I ever mention the television ratings for Real American Stories. The 2.1 million that watched the special's debut on April 1st is higher than the number that watched On the Record any day this week. Don't take this as a criticism of Greta Van Susteren as she hosts one of my favorite shows on cable television.
What else is going on today?
Update: The pollster counting the ballots tweets that "[t]his is a three-way race at the moment for #SRLC straw poll. Gets more exciting with every ballot."
Update II: The final results of the straw poll (courtesy of Sinistar):
Full results here.
Update III: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air posts on the advertising done for the straw poll:
It’s been pointed out in the media filing center that both Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee spent some money to campaign here. Huckabee has a booth in the exhibitor hall; Palin’s team put out caribou beef jerky with a plug for Palin attached in the main ballroom on Friday. Romney also made a big push with piggy banks and advertising boards. For Huckabee, the outcome has to be a big disappointment.
Judging by that, you might assume that the Palin and Romney people did about the same amount of advertising for the poll. But the only advertising for Palin was the caribou jerky. Quite a bit more than the piggy banks and advertising boards that Ed mentions were involved in the push for Romney. As we posted earlier, the Romney people were "sophisticated, organized, and trying to create a sense of momentum and inevitability, in part by stuffing the ballot box." And more than one media outlet reported that a group called Evangelicals for Mitt bought blocks of tickets for the event:
I spoke to a young female delegate who said she planned to vote for Romney in the poll. I asked her how she had ended up at the conference.
She said "Evangelicals for Mitt" had contacted her and offered to pay for her to have a limited-access ticket -- so long as she agreed to vote for Romney in the straw poll.
Asked how "Evangelicals for Mitt" got her name, she said she didn't know. But she said that she was on the e-mail list for Romney, and speculated that the Romney team had given out their e-mail list.
"Evangelicals for Mitt" co-founder David French said in an interview yesterday that his group is not coordinating with the Romney team, though he noted that his wife had worked with the Romney campaign in the past.
UPDATE: Politico's Ben Smith reports that a conference organizer told him that "Evangelicals for Mitt" and Ron Paul's "Campaign for Liberty" bought blocks of tickets to the conference, which can then be given to supporters who cast ballots in the straw poll. Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom denied to Smith the Romney e-mail list had been released to "Evangelicals for Mitt."
Meanwhile, a commenter at a Web site for Paul supporters posted what the commenter claims is an e-mail from "Evangelicals for Mitt" to Romney supporters offering free tickets to the event. They normally go for $119.
And our own Sinistar reported that Evangelicals for Mitt handed out free copies of Romney's book in exchange for email addresses.
So, according to these reports, blocks of tickets were purchased in exchange for votes for Romney. And we know that there were bulk orders for Romney's book. Hmmmmmm... I'm sensing a theme here.
Buying blocks of tickets in exchange for votes is quite different than putting some packs of caribou jerky on people's seats in advance of the governor's speech. Palin's people did a bit of advertising. If the reports are true, supporters for Romney and Paul bought votes for them.
Update IV: From 'portlandon' in the comments at Hot Air:
Romney- Buys 500 $119 tickets= $59,500 =TIE FOR FIRST
Paul- Buys 800 $119 tickets= $95,200 =TIE FOR FIRST
Palin- Buys 500 Caribou Jerky= $1,500 = SECOND PLACE
WHICH ONE IS FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE?
WHICH ONE GOT MORE FOR THEIR MONEY?