So Close! Paul 27.65%, Bachmann 28.56%

Ron Paul came in a strong second at Saturday’s straw poll in Ames, Iowa.

The Congressman gained 27.65% of the vote, closely missing Michele Bachmann’s 28.56% by only 152 votes, but easily surpassing Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and other candidates.

Ames Straw Poll Results

  1. 28.56% (4,823 votes) – Michele Bachmann
  2. 27.65% (4,671 votes) – Ron Paul
  3. 13.57% (2,293 votes) – Tim Pawlenty
  4. 9.81% (1,657 votes) – Rick Santorum
  5. 8.62% (1,456 votes) – Herman Cain
  6. 4.25% (718 votes) – Rick Perry (write-in)
  7. 3.36% (567 votes) – Mitt Romney
  8. 2.28% (385 votes) – Newt Gingrich
  9. 0.41% (69 votes) – Jon Huntsman
  10. 0.21% (35 votes) – Thaddeus McCotter
  11. Of the remaining 218 votes, 162 were presumably cast for random minor write-in candidates, and 56 were presumably invalid.

16,892 total votes.

Ron Paul’s campaign chairman Jesse Benton said:

“Dr. Paul is surging in this race, and today’s results show the strength of his grassroots support and top notch organization. These straw poll results, our growing poll numbers and our strong fundraising shows that our message is resonating with Iowans and Americans everywhere.

Our message was the same in 2007 as it is in now in 2011, but this time we have quadrupled our support. That means our message is spreading, our support is surging, and people are taking notice. We are uniting a coalition of longtime supporters, fiscal conservatives, constitutional conservatives, independents, tea party and anti-big government activists to take on the Washington establishment.

Today, Ron Paul has emerged as a top tier candidate and is a serious contender to win the Republican nomination and the Presidency.

  • Alright People, LISTEN UP!

    We all know that Ron Paul is our only hope for restoring America and like most of you, I believe he can trounce Obama. The problem is, he has to face Obama and to do that, he has to first win the primary.
    People, Nov. 2012 is not the problem. Getting there is. Now is the critical time not then.
    We all need to get the word out. Call your local news stations and demand equal time.
    Tell everyone that you can of the good Doctor’s site.
    Pull together People, we can do this.





    This is what the country needs to see. They need to understand what we are and what we are to stand for. Just my opinion….

  • Daniel

    Look at all the stupid people voting for Bachmann, anyone that goes against the united states constitution is a traitor.

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  • M J

    I agree with Jason’s commentary above. The Iowa Straw Poll was the only game in town, so to speak, for the news media. I can’t concur with Gary in his accusation of a dark conspiracy to hide Ron Paul from the public, yet he does seem to be under-reported.
    I’ve a strong suspicion that I’m not the only one in the moderate left (member of the Liberal Party of New York) who responds favorably to Dr. Paul’s message. His legislative agenda will turn off some, yet the doctrine of US demilitarization will appeal to many — cut spending by liquidating the US empire of foreign military bases. My dream is one of a Paul presidency with a progressive Congress. If Dr. Paul wins the GOP nomination, I will contribute my time and labor to his campaign (as if he had any chance to take New York.)

  • Jason

    You were better off not spending 10’s of thousands wasting money on buying voters from that pointless Straw poll. Spend your time getting your message out via Facebook and Youtube.

    I just hate how mainstream media won’t even mention your name Ron Paul. I’ve got a few ideas and may implement a few in the coming months. Just isn’t fair to silence one guy who is clearly well liked…

    Guilty news stations:

  • I forgot here is the article showing Michelle Bachmann bought votes:

  • Since Bachmann actually bought 4,ooo tickets at $30 a piece so her supporters could vote for her….that means Ron Paul should have won by a landslide. Ron Paul can win!!!!!! If we can hype him on a grassroots level and get the word out to people who like Ron Paul but think he can’t win, I think we can do it. I really do. Spread the word everyone!

    I think the best way is to really show that Ron Paul is anti-war and look at it from an economic issue with other anti war people that would lean democratic. Because you know Ron Paul would get us out of the middle east unlike Obama’s promise. This will hit home with many people who would not normally vote republican. Also Rick Perry will be his opponent for the nomination. He is going to try to emulate Ron Paul, we need to show people that he is NOTHING like Ron Paul.

  • We love you Michele Bachmann!!!

  • BlackSunshine84

    John Stossel claims to support Ron Paul,. but was sure to have a guest panel that included a supporter who “loves Ron Paul, but knows he can’t win.” A supporter would never say that!

  • BlackSunshine84

    Dr. Paul will win in 2012, hands down because he has strong stances on all the issues. I doubt 0bama would debate him.
    Our biggest hurdle will be the GOP primaries. Remember how 0bama locked out Hillary delegates to win the DNC? Watch WeWillNotBeSilenced on YouTube. This will be the GOP’s strategy to eliminate Dr. Paul.
    How do we prevent it?

  • Gary

    The BBC, Fox, and all the other NWO-controlled media groups have been given strict instructions to freeze out Congressman Paul from the debate coverage. He must be given as little attention as possible, in case more people realise that he is the only one – in either party – making any sense. The New World Order will install their own puppet, one that says the words ‘terror’ and ‘terrorist’ ten times in every sentence, to further hypnotise the sheeple with fear.

  • kabster

    Another slanted poll. Lets show them Ron Paul is the best choice.

  • Doyle

    Tonight’s PBS News Hour and BBC News made no mention of RP’s close second in Iowa.

    More I found it peculiar that the BBC News feed and News Hour coverage were, for the most part, identical, in framing the story around the other candidates.

    Listening to those outlets would have one believe RP was not even there.

    This might be a late post- but I hope other readers take note of these events and send letters and post comments where appropriate.

    • BlackSunshine84

      It’s an interesting and informative post. Thanks for sharing!