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.

  • Ed Barbee

    I am not very smart but I know a patriot from a puppet. Rupert and the rest of
    the media along with the rebublican establishment want the puppet. That is why
    Rick Perry will be the nominee of the republican. They had to use voter fraud in
    Iowa to cool Dr Paul off.

  • Granny Franny

    I am disappointed that the lamestream media reported very little about Dr. Paul’s outstanding second place finish. Instead they gave more coverage to the Neocon losers. I am headed to lamestream sites now to point out how bias they are. Hope you will, too.

  • Alex

    When I sum up the votes, I get 16 674 votes, but it says 16 892 votes. That means that 218 votes are missing. And M.B just happened to won by 152 votes! Something is very, very wrong with this….

  • PeoplePower

    When I count the votes with my own hands, then I will believe the results …

    Go Ron Paul 🙂


  • Joshua Murphy

    You need to know that Michele Bachmann is gonna loose votes as she picks them up. Ron Paul can’t be touched. Even the media can’t do any commentary you. Your untouchable, but there is a greater threat this coming election and that is making sure your voters follow up with their local government to make sure their votes were counted. We have been seeing this trend ever since Al Gore and the advent of digital voting. I’m checking mine. I hope all voters do the same, and demand nothing less than proof on paper.

  • Gabriel

    So, close…but only one of them could ever, ever, win the general election. I’m usually a democratic voter, by the way, but I could vote for Ron if it was between Congressman Paul and and the President. I’m also a campaign contributor, a political science major/business minor, and a veteran.

  • Anthony

    Hello all my fellow Americans and Ron Paul supporters.We did well in Iowa!!Its still very early in the race,keep up the great work!!Keep making signs in your area,keep spreading the words of Dr Paul,keep going on mainstream media sites and support Dr Paul..We CAN do this!!Michelle Bachmann is a paper tiger,all her strength is bias,faulty media support..She has a past,encourage those around you to study before they vote..We know she was an IRS agent,she voted infavor of the patriot act,and she will divide the country,just like Obama does.Dr Paul bring liberals and conservatives together.That is what scares the system!!If the diffrent communitys,talked and came to an understanding,that would be the end of there divide and conquer games!!Obama is serving George Bushs 3rd term,Bachmann will serve Obamas 2nd term,and on and on we go..BUT WERE SMARTER THEN THAT..Right???


    Any way that you look at this, it’s a win for Ron Paul.
    He almost beat Bawkmann on her home turf. And most everybody realizes that she simply falls woefully short on intelligence. Then there’s the farm subsidy issue that she won’t have an answer for. Not a serious threat long term. Not a big deal. If I’m still an Obama voter I like her as the Republican nominee.

    The problem that Ron Paul has has already been discussed in this thread. It’s communication. He needs to do a much better job at articulating his position on the contentious issues like unemployment(articulate a clear comprehensive plan frequently)and Social Security. As it is, his stance is murky on some of these monumental issues. It wouldn’t hurt to be aggressive with the clowns on the GOP stage. They’re almost all posers and corporate lobbyists-in-waiting.
    Ron should be hitting them hard every chance he gets because he has grass roots support that these posers will never have. They know it and they fear it because there is populist power in Ron’s support and that is something that can’t be ignored or deterred. It can’t be controlled by either party either!

    I’m an Independent who dislikes Republicans in general and trusts neither party. I also strongly believe in Ron Paul and his candidacy. He’s so right on many issues. This is a chance to make history and take our country back from war-mongering neocons and corporate hacks that litter both party tickets. If you want real change from a real candidate, Dr. Ron Paul is the only choice!!!
    The status quo,establishment candidates don’t get the job done. It’s past time for a major change or shake-up. Ron Paul is that candidate!!

    • Michael

      Now that’s a good post. Ron Paul should articulate his plan on unemployment and how to lower it. Right on! And he should articulate his plan on Social Security. Right on!

      And if he did then I could support Ron Paul too. Yeah, right on!

      There’s only one problem remaining. Ron Paul won’t do either and that’s why I don’t support him and I know that he will never get close to winning. Ron Paul’s great numbers in Iowa are wonderful and they tell us something. They tell us that Bawwwkman has about as much chance as Ron Paul. Zero! And it’s not hard to read between the lines here and see that you supporters of his know that too.

      And so who does have a chance? Well, that’s a difficult question now. Perry is just as wingnutty crazy as any of the baggers and he’s got way too many problems. He’s out. Ron Paul? Crazy! Bawwwkman? Just as crazy!

      How about Mitt Romney? Not crazy at least but not a candidate that the tea baggers could support. So who does that leave for president in 2012?
      Obama obviously.

  • Pete Dupuy

    We are a nation of laws, however, laws are made to bring about justice. We need justice in our land. We need justice in our court system. We need justice in our government. We need justice in our market place. We need justice in our monetary policy. We need justice. We want justice. We need champions for justice.

  • Luke

    Another step forward! More and more people are starting to believe that his ideas aren’t “extreme”, but rather “common sense”.

    Also, for a Colbert viewers, any word on how Rick Parry (that’s with an A not an E) did?

    • Luke

      gah, *any

  • Jeffrey
  • Kenny Clark

    Can anyone tell me what state or big event is next? Need to know so our group can start working it.


  • Michael

    And the result is: We know Ron Paul doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell and Bawwwkman being that close to him makes it quite comforting. It means that Bawwwkman is about as much of a threat to Obama as Ron Paul is.

    Time for the serious candidates soon! Well, as serious as they get and that’s not all that serious.

    • sensible

      please go to RONPAUL2012 and help us fight this best government money can buy…



    hey tex
    well said lets hope he gets the message!!!!

    GO RON !!!!

  • morgan

    Is this a joke? Michelle Bachman haha I think I’ve given up.. too many americans are permanently brain washed.. that chick makes Sarah Palin look like a genius.

    • Michael

      Yeah, Bawwkman and her supporters must be shitting their pants right now to see a loser like Ron Paul so close to her. An indication of how serious this whole Iowa charade really is!

  • destiny

    Yipeeeeee!!! Yay!!!!! Hooooray!!! Let truth prevail. We love you Ron Paul.

  • Ade

    I have some endtitles for anyone making videos, not pixar standards but some are reasonable.

  • giv3m3backmycountry

    Michelle Bachmann wins by 152 votes in her home state, imagine if they would have held this in Texas? Michelle Bachmann better enjoy this one, Rick Perry will steal her votes and Mitt Romney, Dr. Ron Paul is on his own platform, and no flip flopper, RHINOs, neocons allowed. Restore America Ron Paul 2012


    HEY JOE,

    I couldnt agree more what he needs is a good speaking coach

    for me, because i understand the message and am not afraid to take care of myself and my family i dont need it spoken with slickness i get it.

    but the goal is to get the man in the office and unfortunatly that means soothing the fears of all those knuckleheads who have been falling for the B,S, our lame-stream corporate owned brainwashing media machine has been spooning out to them.

    no small order !!!!!

    it had me for awhile!!!!!

    but i guess if you want to talk to someone and effectively get your point across you may have to learn their language.

    lets hope the good doctor can make the transition if he does, I think he’s got a real shot!!!

  • sensible

    Excellent job Dr. Paul!!!!…

    I knew how this was going to go tonight when Sirius FOX News interrupted only Dr. Paul’s speech for a commercial break…leaving Dr. Paul in a background…

    Incredibly, Bachmann bought and passed out 6,000 tickets to a hometown game and according to the results…i personally am suspicious…she had 1,177 defectors that took her money and voted for others…

    Tonight, the best government money can buy is now taking comfort that their media stations do not have to say Ron Paul…yet….I felt it was strange that Bachmann could be announced the winner with the total counted and the results could not be posted immediately…only Perry and Paul were interjected in peculiar times…but who knows, short of a whistle-blower we must assume that Bachmann’s professed home state IA believes that a submissive wife must only respect her husband…

    A statistical dead heat in an away game at this point is an incredible victory for Dr. Paul…he has proven once again that his name will be the answer to questions in the morning when people are curious as to why the media will only refer to the winner and not results of their other choices of candidates…the oppression of this media only confirms, legitimizes, and strengthens Dr. Paul’s candidacy…

    Let’s relish this victory this weekend…and get out there Monday morning spreading the good news that the media forgot!!!!

    I’ve painted and posted my 4×8 RONPAUL2012.COM sign on a major US highway…how about you???