A blond, 4-year-old poster child drew them this way: nine for Ronald Reagan, six for John Connally, two for Philip Crane, two for Bob Dole and 15 uncommitted.

That was the tally in a lottery today for delegates to a Nov. 17 convention intended solely to let 1,357 Florida Republicans vote their early preference for president.

The convention was suggested by a Miami party official as the Republicans' way of keeping up with the Democrats, whose own non-binding state convention is expected to feature a headline-grabbing battle between supporters of President Carter and of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.).

Under the GOP rules, any county with more than 1,000 registered Republicans may hold a lottery, and any registered Republican in the county may put his name in the hat.

More than two dozen of the state's 67 counties are expected to hold the lotteries.

In addition to the delegates chosen by lot, a special committee selects another group -- usually including the party workhorses -- and the county chairman and state committeeman and committeewoman are automatically included.

That, in the case of today's drawing in Hillsboro County, totaled 46 delegates -- 17 Reagan, 15 uncommitted, 7 Connaly, 4 Crane, 2 Dole and 1 Bush -- if they don't change their minds.

Campaign workers for Sen. Howard Baker, Connally, Reagan, Crane and Dole all claimed supporters among those who described themselves as uncommitted.

The Reagan and Connally camps made the biggest visible push for delegates, the Reagan staff through telephone calls and Connally's with calls and advertising. Mark Connally, the former Texas governor's son, and Connally national campaign manager Eddie Mahe were both on hand today.

Crane also had a local organization in place early.

The Connally staff seemed disappointed with the results and a number of people were surprised at the low turnout. Although the party expected at least 500 Republicans clamoring to be delegates, only 176 dropped in.

Campaign workers have called the November state convention "idiotic," because it is strictly a nonbinding beauty contest that forces candidates to spend money well ahead of the state primary next March.

The Connally staff said it has had trouble interesting people in the state convention. Reagan's regional coordinator, Pat Hillings, said today, "We have had a lot of no-shows."