Check back for GOP presidential straw poll results

Chad Livengood The Detroit News

The Detroit News and Michigan Information & Research Service will release late Saturday night the results of a straw poll of registered Republicans at an influential Michigan weekend conference to see who they support for the presidential nomination.

Five Republican presidential candidates are speaking Friday and Saturday at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel to try to gain the support of the party’s leaders, donors and activists at the biennial conference.

The speakers are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina of California and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The Detroit News/MIRS straw poll will ask the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference’s 2,180 registered participants on a secured survey whom they back among the party’s 16 active candidates. Participants also will be asked who they favor for the GOP’s vice presidential nomination next year.

“The Detroit News is very excited to be co-sponsoring the straw poll on Mackinac Island,” said Jonathan Wolman, editor and publisher of The Detroit News. “This obviously is one of the most interesting presidential elections that we've seen in decades.

Billionaire New York real estate developer Donald Trump has been leading in national and most state-level polls, while Detroit native and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has climbed into second place. Neither is attending the Michigan conference.

The results of the survey are expected to be revealed after 10:15 p.m. Saturday night after all of the presidential candidates have spoken.

Check this weekend for live coverage of the conference from Mackinac Island.

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