Published: Jun 20, 2011 2:48 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 20, 2011 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas Congressman Ron Paul is celebrating his victory in a Republican presidential straw poll, saying he's captured the imagination of people weary of U.S. military involvement in global conflicts and worried about the economy. Paul tells NBC's "Today" show his candidacy is a response to what he calls "endless, undeclared, unwinnable wars dumped on the young people" and a soaring national debt. Paul won a GOP straw poll at a weekend Republican conference, garnering 612 votes, far ahead of former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who got 382 votes.