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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oa92000's picture

that pic. will put her out of race..

snowball777's picture

Her husband tought her everything she knows about "eating corndog".

DarthVaderMentor's picture

I wonder if she's been taught about "corn holed" by her hubby since she seems to be a master at taking in the big corn dog?

youngmanU2's picture

 oa92000 One can only hope ... and pray .... and pray some more.

DosZap's picture


that pic. will put her out of race..

Not that I am a huge fan of hers, or Palin, but it is some sad shit, when you get the Commie rag Newsweek, making her look like a foaming at the mouth lunatic, Palin a moron,and demonize ANY truly conservative candidates to the point of slaughter.

 I understand you (in the whoredom) called politics must attack your enemies,  but anyone that can raise a family of five, and take care of 23 Foster kids over the years, is not a maniac, or a nut job.I wish more Americans had the ability, the desire to actually help the problems we face than to just GIVE it face time.

To shoot that photo(we all know the implications inferred is sickening),I don't care who you are.

Barney Frank takes it up the kiester as often as possible,eats the real thing(not a Corned Dog),ran a boy whorehouse,(still in office) and is a leader in the Democratic party in Congress.(BUT, that's OK.)

Live and let live, agree to disagree, but the Leftwing  media especially,  has made it impossible to run a decent campaign for years......I am sick of their crap.The MSM is /has been owned by the Progressive machine almost since inception, if not for the advent of the Internet, WE would never get any real truth......ever.

Ron Paul is a lunatic,(according to the left, and within his OWN ranks) has been painted and treated as one for 25 yrs...........IF they had listened to him, followed just 50% of his idea's, we would not be where we are now.

 This is some sad shi*. It's no wonder we are where we are................morally bankrupt, few values, and mores left,esp within the political parties we have now.

The INMATES run/own  the asylum.

Cleanclog's picture

OMG the picture!

Really good showing for Ron Paul.  Maybe there is hope.  Between Perry's new "Hope on the Horizon" and Obama's Hopium . . . Paul could try to get by with doom instead.  American people are waiting for someone to tell the truth and then lead.

smlbizman's picture

did you read how it worked...people paid 30 dollars to vote...alot of people were paid for bu the canidates, so much for truth...there is a greta von what the fuck ever her name is that has ron paul  winning by 55% a landslide so to speak...

2DollarBill's picture

she likes them long and brown...

Moe Howard's picture

I guess the point is she can take more than you can dish out.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

It's going to hurt like hell when she shits out that stick.  Rookie mistake. 

Herman Strandschnecke's picture

Yeah, I know what you mean. I also bought a bull dong for my mutt in a pet food store

Hulk's picture

Banzai should photoshop Berry on the other end of that dog...

cooker's picture

This is great news - sound economic ideas are going to be thrown more into the mainstream over the next year!

WestVillageIdiot's picture

The one guy that is speaking sense is 79 years old.'s picture

In one week he turns 76, as in "Spirit of..."

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Sorry about the wrong number.  Seeing Michelle Bachmann sucking on that thing has my mind a little off kilter. 

She'll be a hit at the Minnesota State Fair this year.  I don't know how the Butter Queen is going to top Bachmann in the talent competition this year.  For an encore Bachmann will probably perform the Lambada with the bull that wins the 4H livestock contest.  And I thought Def Lepard would be the best act at the fair this year.

Hulk's picture

Not a bad age for our president, as our best presidents have been half senile...

Moe Howard's picture

Best picture yet ..... Political Food Pr0n can make for a happy ending to every election! 

Jendrzejczyk's picture

"...happy ending to every (erection)!"  FIFY

Dr. Engali's picture

It's a short lived victory with that picture.

slaughterer's picture

Corn dog?  Who is her husband?  

themiestro's picture

My suspicions are confirmed.  She doesn't have a gag reflex.

Jendrzejczyk's picture

She couldn't possibly. Have you seen her (lavender) husband?

weinerdog43's picture

They're also Republics.  Ugh. 

New_Meat's picture

ya, wienerdog.  That picture has to have ya goin' "Youch!"

weinerdog43's picture

Exactly.  If you've seen that weirdo's husband, you'd suspect that the biggest thing she's ever seen is a smokey link.

Dick Fitz's picture

As an anarcho-libertarian-homo, I just want to say this-

M Bachmann's husband is gayer than an tree full of pink parrots on Christopher Radko's patio. Gayer than a pair of pink shorts on Richard Simmons. Gayer than a midnight showing of "Rocky Horror" in the Castro district. Gayer than Stonewall on Christopher street at closing time.

In short, the man is a fucking faggot of the highest (lowest?) order, and I hope videos of him with Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Taylor Lautner in a bareback orgy show up if the cunt gets the nomination. Fuck her- I wouldn't fuck him with Obama's dick.

whaletail's picture

Wait: I have a bunch of homo ornaments in my closet? They are nice.

Dick Fitz's picture

As long as you don't have to go to the ER to have one removed from your ass, you're okay.

knukles's picture

Does that mean if the Dick Fitz wear it?

caerus's picture

lol..."dick fitz"

edit: murray rothbard ftw

Dick Fitz's picture

Amen, brother, amen. The world is a better place because of the late Dr Rothbard.

FYI, "Dick Fitz" is (sorta) my real name. It replaced my high school nickname "Daledoe".


caerus's picture

lol...i like your style dude...

nmewn's picture

Mines Harry can see why I changed my name.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

"Gayer than Stonewall on Christopher street at closing time."

I think The Duplex on 7th Avenue, around the corner, is actually gayer.  Or he could wander over to Christopher Street for the little black trannies.  They will give him a corn dog that his wife would envy.

Bananamerican's picture

"M Bachmann's husband is gayer than an tree full of pink parrots"

True...but he's got a GREAT heartland cover gig as a homo deprogrammer!!

Marcus Bachmann runs a faith-based clinic that helps "ungay" gays.  His Bachmann & Associates clinic has been counseling self-hating homos for more than two decades.

Seriously though, RP is IN...the u.s. is in THAT much trouble and RP's rep has been bubbling away on youtube for years now....enough people are primed to go with a real outsider imho

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Does he run his clinic in a bathroom stall at the Minneapolis airport?  Has anybody seen Larry Craig lately? 

Dick Fitz's picture

+1000 WVI!!!

If he was just a gay man in a "lavender" marriage it wouldn't quite as repugnant, but the fact that this flaming faggot tries to "de-gay" people just makes him extra-reprehensible. I thought I hated Bush/Clinton/Cheney/Obama, but that the thought that "Dr" Bachmann might be "first husband(ha!)" makes me sick. He makes Larry Craig look like an amateur.

FEDbuster's picture

Don't worry about Bachmann getting elected.

Michele Bachmann pledges to ban "all forms of pornography" if elected president


Once this news spreads, she will lose most male and some female support.

snowball777's picture

Do they use the Fire Marshall Bob technique?

Don't do this...or this...or...ooh...this.

TaxSlave's picture

"M Bachmann's husband is gayer than an tree full of pink parrots"

True...but he's got a GREAT heartland cover gig as a homo deprogrammer!!

Cherry picking?

Cursive's picture

@Dick Fitz


Something new on ZH every night.  They can shut down the interwebs, but do not fuck with ZH.

blunderdog's picture

The Brits have been telling us for years we need royalty.

What better way than to have a "First Queen" of the White House arranging the social calendar?

Quentin Crisp is long dead.

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Her eyes give her away, she's been down that road before...

WestVillageIdiot's picture

This bitch is 12 flavors of psycho.  She is Nancy Pelosi, minus 25 years. 

knukles's picture

You really think Nancy was that hot?
I dunno 'bout that....

snowball777's picture

You really that into down syndrome and/or fetal alchohol girls?

knukles's picture

Now that's just wrong to put an idea like that into my head.