As the race for the Republican presidential nomination has continued over the past couple of months, Affordable Housing Finance polled its readers about which GOP candidate they think would be most effective for the creation of housing for low-income Americans.

It was a tight race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. However, Romney won out with 26.9% of the vote. “He understands financials and can process complex business situations,” said one respondent.

Santorum received 23.1% of the votes. One respondent in favor of the former Pennsylvania senator noted, “He understands the issues of poverty and economic development better than all the other candidates.”

Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich each received 7.7% and 5.8% of the votes, respectively.

A little more than a third of the respondents?36.5%?said they were still unsure and couldn’t pick the best candidate. “None of the Republican candidates have a philosophy that would begin to spur creation of housing for low-income Americans. It's just not a priority for them,” said one respondent.