Bachmann Wins Ames Straw Poll
Ron Paul finishes second, Pawlenty third; Perry gets 718 write-ins
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2011 3:52 PM CDT
Updated Aug 13, 2011 5:53 PM CDT
Ron Paul pauses while speaking in Ames on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Rick Perry may have cast a big shadow over the Republican field today, but Michele Bachmann had a pretty good day, too: She won the Ames straw poll, with 4,823 votes of the nearly 17,000 cast, reports Politico. Ron Paul finished a close second (4,671), followed by Tim Pawlenty (2,293) in a distant third that doesn't bode well for his campaign. Rick Santorum (1,657) and Herman Cain (1,456) rounded out the top five. Perry got 718 write-in votes just hours after announcing his candidacy in another state and despite not being on the ballot. That's ahead of Mitt Romney (567), Newt Gingrich (385), and Jon Huntsman (69), all of whom were on the ballot but didn't contest. Bringing up the rear: Thaddeus McCotter with 35 votes.

Don't be quick to dismiss the results because Ames has a decent track record of predicting success in the Iowa caucuses, Nate Silver at the New York Times wrote beforehand. "This does not mean that Ames is 'important' per se: that a candidate will do well in the caucuses because he did well in the straw poll," he wrote. "But Ames does seem to pick up on a variety of 'intangible' factors that don’t show up well in other variables, and therefore serves a useful role as a leading indicator." Click to read his full number-crunching.

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Aug 15, 2011 2:41 PM CDT
Oh wow..she won by what... 150 votes...she is going to get her ass kicked once she leaves IOWA. Can't wait!!!!
Aug 14, 2011 5:36 PM CDT
After reviewing the comments from this story I noticed the exact same comments from the right and left that were made (with different names) during the last Federal election. The right is all about the losers on the left and the left is all about the idiots on the right. At some point I hope the right and the left will notice they are pawns in a greater game of 'blame the other guy'. It is that game of division that ensures we keep the status quo in Washington. While you are so very focused on pointing out how bad the other guys are you fail to spend any time on how your guys are exactly the same. Neither party has our interest at heart and neither party is good. Money controls Washington and those who are in office have a higher then 90% chance of going back into office. The fix is easy - term limits and Federally funded elections. Term limits will ensure we have a government more closely resembling the one our founders envisioned. Specifically those in power are representative of the population instead of this elite political class (a plutocracy) that we now have. Federally funded elections will remove the special interest money determining which laws get passed. It will also lower the value of real estate in Washington to swamp land - as it was designed. America is ours. If we keep playing this game of division it will continue to belong to the left and the right with us as no more then pawns in their game. This upcoming election vote for anyone who is not a member of either party or currently in office. More importantly quit being a pawn of either destructive group.
Aug 14, 2011 12:15 PM CDT
This morning I woke up and there was mustard and ketchup all over the walls of my house. Despite the fact I got drunk and threw a massive house party in which 40 people drowned in my pool and another 12 jumped off the roof and died on the way down trying to land in the pool, this is clearly a conservative conspiracy and I wish to reprimand them and be reimbursed for the damages of my house. Also my morning glass of milk spilled, I wish to blame them for that too. I bet the Jews are in on this too somehow.