Bachmann Wins Ames Straw Poll With 29% Of Vote, Ron Paul Takes Second With 28%

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The Ames Straw vote results out of Iowa are in, and Michelle Bachmann appears to have won with 29% of the votes, or 4,823 of the 16,892 votes cast. Bernanke nemesis Ron Paul placed second, just 150 votes behind Bachmann, at 4,671, or taking down 28% of the total. For those stupefied by this result, a source on the ground informs us that Bachmann proceeded to hand out 6000 free tickets at $30 each with a mandatory registration at her booth to gain concert entrance. Furthermore, final results were probably tabulated by the BLS. As for other frontrunners, Pawlenty came in a distant third with 14% or 2,293 of the votes. The Hill has more: "A House member has never finished in the top two; extraordinarily, two House lawmakers finished nearly neck-and-neck toward the top. Bachmann is the first woman to ever win the straw poll. "We’re very excited," said Alice Steward, a spokesman for Bachmann. "it’s a very emotional night for her, she’s excited and thankful all the hard work of the supporters and volunteers paid off...Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) won about 10 percent, pizza magnate Herman Cain finished at about nine percent, and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) drew just 35 total votes. Murmurs of huge crowds at Waterloo native's splay on the campus of Iowa State University persisted throughout the day, suggesting that momentum was with — and never waned — from Bachmann's campaign." Rounding off the field were Santorum with 10% of the vote, Herman Cain with 9%, write ins Perry and Romney with 4% and 3%, respectively, and Gingrich getting 2%. We are not quite sure if this is the cue to laugh or cry. Our money is on the latter.

More from The Hill:

A rousing late-day speech that stressed social conservative credentials and Bachmann's ties to the Hawkeye State culminated with Bachmann beckoning undecided voters to her tent, which boasted air conditioning, seating, and performances by country star Randy Travis.


"Join me, I'm heading over to the voting booth right now," she said. "Come with me now."


Pawlenty's failure to finish in the top spot raises new questions about the core health of his campaign. The former Minnesota governor has failed to raise his poll numbers outside the single digits, and had poured most of his remaining resources into the straw poll, where he hoped a victory would infuse his campaign with new momentum. 


"We made progress in moving from the back of the pack into a competitive position for the caucuses, but we have a lot more work to do," Pawlenty said in a statement. "This is a long process to restore America -- we are just beginning and I'm looking forward to a great campaign."


Pawlenty had set expectations at a finish somewhere in the top-tier; he's said repeatedly that a first-place finish wasn't essential. But even Pawlenty acknowledged Friday that a disappointing finish would force him to "reassess" his campaign, which has set itself up as more of a traditional, nationally-oriented campaign.

As for Paul...

Paul's showing caps off an effort of almost five years, dating back to his first bid for the Republican nomination way back in 2007, when he started to assemble the vast grassroots organization that propelled him to victory in today's straw poll.


He made a midday speech to straw poll participants that was heavy on playing up the Texas congressman's opposition to abortion rights; he also emphasized his opposition to the war in Iraq and criticism of U.S. monetary policy — views that tend to place him outside of the Republican mainstream.


Paul's finish Ames makes Paul's candidacy look less like a longshot, and more like a realistic possibility. The straw poll is a good, if imperfect, indicator of Republicans choice to win next February's caucuses, and Paul's finish on Saturday makes it seem increasingly plausible that he could win those contests.

Of course, if Paul were to eventually become president, we would advise him to not come within 100 miles of any school book depositories. Also to avoid prepared food, theaters, public speeches, pope mobiles (in fact any form of transportation that goes over 15 mph), to run like the wind from any and all hot tubs, jacuzzis, swimming pools, and baths, and in general to conduct his long overdue gold standard policy from a bunker several miles underground if possible.

Alas, this may all be just a tad optimistic.

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lolmao500's picture

Indeed he is. Calling Herman Cain the ``pizza magnate``?

The guy ran a federal reserve branch... why keep silent on that IMPORTANT FACT? And Bachmann is a nutjob with no brains... please America, don't elect her, she's just like Palin, a dumb and crazy woman... and soon they'll do a porn movie with her name in the title... after Nailin Palin, they'll do Nailin Bachmann!

Kayman's picture

And Bachmann is a nutjob with no brains

And being photographed swallowing a tasty corndog is your proof that she is a nutjob...

Why that is just plain nasty of you....

Stop, stop... I can't do this no more... my sides are splitting....

legal eagle's picture

I would cheer a woman leader, black or Mormon leader, but really is this the Best we Can Do?

NoClueSneaker's picture

Elisabeth Warren, Brooksley Borne, Janet Tavakoli & Nomi Prince ....


... for the cleaning of the pighouse. It will never happen.

FEDbuster's picture

Roseanne Barr?  Why the fuck not?  Maybe Lady Gaga can be her VP.  All the choices, other then Ron Paul, are fucking bad jokes.  Obama should announce he's not running again like LBJ, so all the asshats on the Democrat side can come out for one final cluster fuck election season.

Hasten the Collapse, OBAMA 2012 

snowball777's picture

Who cares...he "came in behind" santorum.


harlanaladd's picture

Or maybe a title for a Boomer audience:

"Bachmann Turning-Over D[r]ive"


KowPie's picture

Musical career: Bachmann Turn Her Over.... Drive.

FatFingered's picture

Bachmann generated  just enough santorum to dominate the cockus.

Yikes!  Sorry, couldn't resist.


chubbar's picture

Put a set of nuts on that thing and I'm pretty sure I can get her a contract making more than the Commander in chief!

DarthVaderMentor's picture

Well said HPD, she appears dreamy-eyed and lustful as she chomps down on that big dog. I guess she's right on that submission answer, you got to respect the size of her mouth!

legal eagle's picture

One tax attorney to another, she is not sexy at all. Palin is much more feminine and would be much more fun in bed- even though she is dumb as soap on a rope. This gal, hard, cold, and missionary style. When you have no heart you cannot have passion. I have no envy for the corn dog....

Blano's picture

It says she wins 99% of the male vote from here on out.

Zombie's picture

Has anybody noticed that she's holding a tampon in her left hand or is everybody fixated on the sausage?

Imminent Crucible's picture

I don't care what any of you say. Bachmann is easily the best-looking of any of the candidates. We had charm with GWB. That sucked. We got "intelligence" with Obama. That really sucked.

Let's just vote on the basis of pure physical attractiveness. How could that go wrong? People voted for the ugliest candidate in 1860. Look how that turned out.

Vendetta's picture

Indeed.  If she was 280 lbs, where would she be in the race no matter what she'd say?

legal eagle's picture

Didn't we just put a fat lady on the Supreme Court, oh sorry that ain't no lady....

zorba THE GREEK's picture

That has to be the longest corn dog I've ever seen.

Vendetta's picture

its called Dimon dog, the same type the Barry eats everyday. 

sgorem's picture

did i read somewhere her first cousin was monica lewdwinsky? maybe not........

Vic Vinegar's picture

Indeed it does High Plains Drifter.  Tyler made a good choice with the photo.

As for you, I ask why try and change human nature/fight wars that exist only in your own head/buy silver.

Something tells me the kidz at Sam Houston State right now are listening to this song...why not you?

Milton Waddams's picture

It says that zh has found a steady base and goofy images of incompetent politicians incompetently deep throating sasauges sells, here,  That;s what it says. 

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

that picture says it all............

I fucking hate politicians.

snowball777's picture

That pic: priceless. ROTFLMFAO

rodocostarica's picture

go Ron . WhAt a victory.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Ron Paul's stance on Iran is terrifying. I love his other policies, but he seems to think that we can treat Iran the way we did the Russians during the cold war. He is fine with Iran having nukes because he thinks that they will use them as a deterrent like everyone else. Guess again.

If you haven't read the 12th Imam, I recommend it, (though you may know much of what is in it). Ahmadinejad and his Shia 12-ers think that washing the world in blood by attacking Israel and America will bring about 1000 years of Utopian Islamic rule. Paul doesn't seem to understand that people who's fantasy is to "die while killing for their God" are not interested in the trappings of this world. I understand his reasoning for this opinion, consistency of policy, I respect that. But, when it comes to Iran, you cannot apply the same policy because they have a totally different agenda than the garden variety Western megalomaniacs that we all know and love.

Ron Paul should be put in charge of the US Treasury, not be POTUS.'s picture

Iran has a limited military capability and has not started a war in 250 years. The United States has a military as big as every other nation in the world combined and starts a new war about every 18 months.  These are the facts. Please reflect upon them.

legal eagle's picture

I seem to remember that Iran did not attack Americans when we were not in Afganistan, Iraq, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, and not interfering in their internal affairs, just saying....

Arkadaba's picture

Love what Nato is doing in Libya - just saying. 

Optimusprime's picture



Spare us the Zionist spin--the country is dying from it already!

smore's picture

Funny, I just read on another blog this quote from Takuan Seiyo, who is a very clever dude:

"The way I understand it is that to the extent the West takes anti-Israeli positions it’s taking positions against itself, Israel being the sole outpost of Western Civilization in the Middle East."

So there, America!  The problem is that you haven't been supporting Israel ENOUGH!  Why didn't I understand that before?



Imminent Crucible's picture

Hmm. Did everyone forget that Imadinnerjacket was the leader of the heroic band that took the U.S. Embassy in Iran hostage for 444 days in the illustrious Carter era?

Just for that offense alone, he needs to be swabbed down with raw bacon and drowned in a vat of Cuervo.'s picture

And what punishment should be doled out to the British and Americans who orchestrated the overthrow of Iranian President Mossadeq and the installation of the Shah in 1953?

Judge Holden's picture


PaperBugsBurn's picture

So I guess for toppling a true people's leader, instituting a dictatorship, founding the SAVAK (secret police), torturing and disappearing thousands of their patriotic countrymen you should be nuked?

They also ran lots of narcotics through Iran back then and all the Sha's accounts went through Chase Manhattan bank. Now who does that belong to? Hmmm...


chubbar's picture

Ron Pauls position, as I understand it, is that the CIA has determined there is no effort within Iran to build a nuclear weapon and that all of the talk surrounding this acusation is just an effort to start yet another war by the neocons.

Further more, RP states that Israel has 300 nuclear weapons and would make short work of Iran should she be so foolish as to attack Israel.

Unless you have personally verifiable information to the contrary then it is likely you are being played yet again by the main stream media!


Libertarian777's picture

I think irans intention is not to build a bomb now, but to have a turn key solution should we ever end up in a position with troops on the border, that they can build a bomb rapidly. Much like Japan could quite easily create nuclear weapons at will.

They are more advanced than either Syria or Iraqs abilities, but a large part of their intention is to keep their enemies at bay by keeping them guessing (do they don't they have the bomb). Even the crazy north Koreans have the bomb but haven't used it because they know the consequences, so for all their posturing I doubt they (Iran or north Korea) would deploy a nuclear weapon unless they were invaded.

knukles's picture

1000 years of Utopian rule.  Hitler was on the same page, but the Iranians don't speak German or eat weinerschnitzel.  None of that's worked too well, so far now, has it?

el Gallinazo's picture

You running for Senate as D-Zion.  You gotta wait for Joe to retire.

Juan Wild's picture

Ron Paul speaks common sense. And as you are well aware Americans are rallying behind him one by one. America is TIRED of going broke trying to police the world for the OIL COMPANIES and MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. America is hated around the world and RIGHTLY so. COMMON SENSE.  Lets see how much you would hate Iranians if they set up a no-fly zone over New York and then landed troops in Manhattan! MORON go ply your scare-monger tactics elsewhere!

Henry Chinaski's picture

Thank you for Glenn Beck's opinion.  You are wrong because you are operating from a perspective of fear.  Don't be terrified, it diminishes you.


Libertarian777's picture

Again with the scare tactics. North Koreans believe Kim Jong il is god. They believe south Koreans are inferior. They believe theyshould rule the world. They HAVE the bomb. They haven't used it.

Who is the only country to have EVER deployed nuclear weapons? Not once, twice. Not on a Japanese warship fleet or port or airfield, but on a civilian population.

There are fundamentalists who believe in sharia law, and that the Islamic caliphate must be restored, that women should not be allowed to drive or vote, that women are subservient to men and that they have no rights.
Those fundamentalists were responsible for 9/11.

They also happen to be our biggest ally in the middle east, Saudi Arabia. Checking up on history and try and find how many saudi's voted for their current rulers? The isn't even a semblance of royal lineage in the current 'royal family'. They are descendent from a self declared king (warlord) after ww1.

If you want war with Iran, please sign up for active military service, for you and your children.

The day Iran has troops on our border or aircraft or missiles flying over Hawaii, Alaska or the mainland (without us provoking them) is the day I sign up for the military. But if we start bombing them like we bombed Libya, don't expect me to take up arms and fight your war.

Judge Holden's picture

zOMG, those terrifying Iranians are going to get you!!!!!!!!!!  Maybe they took all Saddam's WMDs and that's why we couldn't find any in Iraq!  (Whenever you come out from under your bed, you're welcome to read about how our own CIA has concluded they quit building a bomb.  Also, they are actually an impovrished 3rd world nation and are at war with al-Qaida militants.)

bardian's picture

thanks for the input you fucking moron. If you want to fight 'em, go FUCKING FIGHT YOURSELF!!!!!!