The Iowa Straw Poll was held this Saturday. Iowa is not a scientific poll. It’s record of predicting the winner of the Republican Primary for president is mediocre at best. What it does accurately measure is a campaign’s organization skills. It takes a lot of field work, a lot of volunteer hours, and a logistical mastermind to pull it off. The results were as follows:
2011 Straw Poll Full Results (Votes, %)
1. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (4823, 28.55%)
2. Congressman Ron Paul (4671, 27.65%)
3. Governor Tim Pawlenty (2293, 13.57%)
4. Senator Rick Santorum (1657, 9.81%)
5. Herman Cain(1456, 8.62%)
6. Governor Rick Perry (718, 3.62%) write-in
7. Governor Mitt Romney (567, 3.36%)
8. Speaker Newt Gingrich (385, 2.28%)
9. Governor Jon Huntsman (69, 0.41%)
10. Congressman Thad McCotter (35, 0.21%)
Scattering (162, 0.96 %) Includes all those receiving votes at less than one-percent that were not on the ballot.
After his showing at Ames, Governor Tim Pawlenty withdrew from the race. That and the Perry announcement eclipsed much of the coverage of Ames. But, in watching the coverage, one has to wonder why the media is intentionally whitewashing Congressman Ron Paul from the race. Paul is in a statistical tie with Bachmann having come in second by only 152 votes yet, you would think it was him and not Pawlenty that withdrew from the race.
The Republican Party should demand fair and equal treatment of all of its candidates. The last time we allowed the media to pick a candidate for us as a country, we ended up with Barack Hussein Obama as our president. Don’t let it happen again.
Ames was a great achievement and the first real demonstration of strength from both the Bachmann and Paul campaigns. Give credit where credit is due.