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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nmewn's picture

I just threw up in mouth a little bit.

Cursive's picture

@Fix It Again Timmy

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

Yep.  And check out the guy looking on in the background.  Looks entirely like a bad porno flick.

caerus's picture

best pic ever...

Space Potato's picture

Tyler, good advice. I just happened to watch a John Lennon documentary. Not that I am comparing the two you f-ing wierdos.


clymer's picture

so the IRS-revenue-collecting, torture-endorsing, Palin-wannabe beat the Honorable Dr. Paul.

Ummm.. sure.


clymer's picture

All that aside, I envy that corn-dog

WestVillageIdiot's picture

She had two more corn dogs that were not shown in the picture. 

snowball777's picture

Took me a sec, but that was laugh out loud funny.

weinerdog43's picture

I'm so dumb, I had to think about it too.  Sprayed the monitor after i got it i'm afraid.  Good one

Isotope's picture

I think that in "the business," it's referred to as Air Tight.

snowball777's picture

News Flash: Bachmann takes huge Koch


knukles's picture

By the color of it I'd say it's more a Cain dog.

Mactheknife's picture

She's from Iowa, that's all you need to know.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Didn't she grow up in the same town as The Duke?  Oh, wait, it was John Wayne Gacy.  Oops.

Lazlo Toth's picture

She did give out 6000 free tickets to a concert. She came in with 4,823. 1177 people either cheated, lied or threw away the tickets. Love America.

nmewn's picture

"She did give out 6000 free tickets to a concert."

Same tactic, different candidate.

Obama is well known to piggyback on "events"...especially concerts.

University of Oregon was one...his Berlin speech was another and the most notable as most didn't understand a word he said (they were German and drunk/high afterall)...trying to be the new JFK or sumpin and winds up being a pretentious

snowball777's picture

I'm betting they speak better English even after kiffen ein spliffen than you speak German sober.

nmewn's picture

I bet I could understand them better after I rauchen einen joint or two...then we could all go for a corn dog.

XenoFrog's picture

Don't forget her migraine headaches that put her out of action on a weekly basis, aided by a handful of pain pills. Exactly what you want from the Commander in Chief...

chubbar's picture

From the looks of that picture she didn't have a headache today! Unlike the perpetual one my wife has!

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Paint your corndog brown.  Your wife's headache will probably go away.

snowball777's picture

Maybe she's just been running short on oxygen for obvious reasons.

marcusfenix's picture

best pic of a politician doing what they do best...ever

newworldorder's picture

Astounding that she would put herself in that situation for this picture to have been taken. All managers of her campaign team should be fired for negligence in not protecting their client.

IQ 101's picture

They probably set it up, she is everywhere now,

It will be a fine development if menopausal moodswings gain cotroll of the White house and the nuke button,but it can't be any worse than Obama.

chubbar's picture

Perhaps this is just a statement that "menopause doesn't have to sideline a girl, ya know!"

WestVillageIdiot's picture

After that she went over to the stand that sells sweet corn by the ear.  Those pictures will be released later tonight in a pay-per-view video.

snowball777's picture

brrrrit brrrrit brrrrit brrrrit brrrrit brrrrrrrrrrrrrrit

caerus's picture

i just told my gf the same thing...fuckin amateurs...hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon... with nail polish...these fucking amateurs...

Pretorian's picture

I bet that long stick in the mouth iz Wallstret 1 . Goldy and other ponzy scamer fear crazy Ron might win over thier pets. So just start runing the stock, print false unemployment under 6% and u might just might keep Obama HUSEIN in the office for 1 more term. 

blunderdog's picture

Although you're ability to communicate through the written word is FUCKING ATROCIOUS, I'm inclined to give you credit for some valid insight.

Michelle Bachmann is the worst form of side-show distraction to help prevent the Republicans from nominating a credible opponent to Obama.

If you're a Republican (for whatever bullshit reason) and you want the party to have a PRAYER of taking the Presidency, you should recognize this woman as a fifth columnist.  *Any* attention she gets is bad for the party.

(To be clear: I hate Republicans with a passion, so I'm all for Michelle's continuing suck-sess.)

Trimmed Hedge's picture

The gentleman in the corner looks very happy....

IQ 101's picture

Who ever can give away the most free tickets (votes) wins?

That is so scientific.

If Michelle B wants to take me to her tent and nibble my hotdog,thats fine with me,but I;m still voting for Ron Paul.

knukles's picture

Bread and Circuses....

Misean's picture

Showin' the banksters her CV I see. Difinitely big money pouring into her coffers. She's got the whole "assume the position" thang down!

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

She's demonstrating one way of Republican endorsed birth control, the other method lies down yonder and around the corner... bless her soul.

KowPie's picture

Didn't she used to date Bill Clinton?

55 men's picture

You can fit like 5 "corndogs" in that mouth.

Trimmed Hedge's picture

Good thing Barney Frank wasn't in Iowa....

caerus's picture

are you sure it wasn't 69%

Moe Howard's picture

WTF is that Shalom Bernake mug shot doing to the right? What kind of advertising do you have here on ZH?

caerus's picture

i think it's cookies on your computer...i get figure...

Herman Strandschnecke's picture

I'm getting an advert for denture adhesive

clymer's picture

And of course we all know how the MSM treats Ron Paul

Jena's picture

nice pandas, though

chubbar's picture

Ron Paul could get 100% of the vote and the MSM would not cover him. It is so blatant that it has become a regular joke among those of us that are following this.

He has no chance of advancing because the MSM is owned by the Soros of the world and there aren't enough people who give a shit to write/call in order to expose this travesty. It really is incredible.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Just like they showed old video when he one another poll.  Wasn't the old video from the year before when he beat Romney, or some other establishment douche bag, in his home state? 

Cabreado's picture

Sad to say, I believe you pretty much nailed it.