Palin, Perry left off Ames straw poll ballot
July 23rd, 2011
03:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin, Perry left off Ames straw poll ballot

(CNN)-Former governors Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman announced they wouldn’t compete at the Ames straw poll in Iowa, but the state GOP added them to the ballot anyway, along with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

But former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry – who haven’t yet decided on a presidential bid – were left off.

The Iowa GOP state central committee named nine candidates to the final straw poll ballot announced Saturday.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and then-unannounced Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter secured a spot on the ballot in June by reserving space at the straw poll. Each paid a minimum of $15,000 to rent space outside the arena where the August 13 straw poll will take place.

The Ames straw poll is an early test of candidate strength in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, with the ability to elevate, solidify, or break a candidate’s rank in the GOP field. It is also considered an indicator of who may win the first significant presidential contest.

Critical members of Gingrich’s Iowa campaign resigned shortly before the bidding process for straw poll lots, hampering an already financially-strapped effort to win big in Iowa. Gingrich did not reserve space with other candidates in June.

Huntsman announced he would not compete in Iowa, choosing to focus instead on the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire

Romney, who also sought the GOP nomination in 2008, also stated he'd sit out the straw poll in Ames. Though he won the contest in 2007, Romney fell short of winning the Iowa caucus, which went to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Romney’s straw poll runner-up.

Palin stated she would announce her intention to run–or stay out of the race–in late August or early September. Perry said Friday that he'll make his decision known in the next three to four weeks.

Americans for Rick Perry, an independent group supporting the Texas governor, told CNN that its efforts to get Perry onto the Ames ballot failed. The group's leader,Bob Schuman, told CNN,"The other candidates sure seem to fear Gov. Perry."

Palin and Perry may have been left off the ballot, but straw poll voters will be able to write in their pick for president.

The addition of Romney, Huntsman, and Gingrich to the straw poll ballot is no special practice. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson and Arizona Sen. John McCain all chose to skip the contest in 2007, but were added to the ballot.

And though he placed 10th, McCain went on to win the 2008 GOP nomination for president, proving that results of the straw poll may not necessarily predict who ends up on top.

Related: Six GOP campaigns land spots for Ames Straw Poll

Related: Romney to sit out Ames Straw Poll


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry • Sarah Palin
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Said it before and I'll say it again. Palin will not run, in fact she'll do anything she can behind the scenes to ensure Obama wins...I bet money she votes for him...why? If Republicans win her income goes away...the woman has no ideas, her only talent lies in criticizing what better brains than hers come up with, and her ability to frame her argument in a "folksy" manner that appeals to certain individuals. Like Beck, she can only thrive in opposition and has nothing to offer as part of entity actively trying to solve problems. I'm sure she justifies herself by thinking she is doing no harm in simply expressing her ideas and making a living of it...but at a time when the economic health of our nation stands in the balance, every shred of energy that is devoted to her asinine comments is energy not put towards making us strong again, and harms us all.

    July 23, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. jb1963

    What a poor group even with out the retarded Palin and the ego maniac Perry there is no one here that is not a Domestic terrorist bent on distroying Americas middle class and poor.

    July 23, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. bassman

    Not a problem for Gov. Palin. She is looking at the big picture. She labeled Pres. Obama a lameduck President today via Facebook.

    July 23, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. tcaros

    It's very simple, Palin is ridiculous, Newt is an old, old, old conservafart, and Rick Perry has two first names. You never vote for someone with 2 first names... they are usually carpetbaggers.

    July 23, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. The Unsub

    Honestly who really cares? neither have a chance! Obama will win again!

    July 23, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. REG in AZ

    Ahh, some progress achieved by the Republican Party, some recognition of what is reasonable.

    July 23, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Pat in IL

    Why is this a news article? They aren't candidates. If and when they become candidates, they'll be on the list. come to think of it – my name was left off, too!

    July 23, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    It's not the first time Palin has been left out. She found herself left out in the cold of a November night back in 2008.

    July 23, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Sank

    Come on Palin don't let the Nation down. We have to have a savior from Obama the retardo.

    July 23, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Ty Boofer

    I would like to know what link do we go to for politic polls. I get hundreds of e mails wanting to weigh in. I myself can not find a link for cnn polls. Would someone help us out?

    July 23, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin and Perry do not need to be in the Iowa straw poll to be in contention. Their announcement will automatically place them in the top tier of candidates. The lack luster polling numbers of Romney, Pawlenty, and Bachmann indicate a lack of excitement in the current crop of candidates. New Hampshire will be a better test for all the candidates.

    July 23, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. joe smith

    no real news here; but, would like to have been a mouse in the corner when the Bildenbergers met a month ago; we think they may have already selected their ( our ), next puppet..

    July 23, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. saftgek

    Palin & Perry – now THAT'S a pair to DRAW TO !

    Imagine either of these two "candidates" actually being placed in the White House. Amazing disaster. Now, Texas – I get it. A state that produces the Bushes – I get it. As to Alaska, perhaps the desolate nature of the state lends itself to numbness below the neck – apparently it transfers above the neck, as well.

    Never mind – I think I totally get it now. Two geographically large states that are incapable of producing a competent politician.

    July 23, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. John

    That OK because these two has to be the worst to that could ever be President. One wanted to Secede from the Union so this make him a Trader to America and should be Jail and not be able to ran for President. The other one well she Is TILL UNQUALIFIED to ran for any Public office. She a QUITTER and all she does Is spread hate and LIES and Is Just as RACIST AS Michele Bachmann IS ,and they don't get any worst then these to. So no body really missing anything now are they.

    July 23, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Big daddy

    She's not going to give up her money train to become an embarrassment again. She's just soaking the money from the dopes that follow her.

    July 23, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. the SMART guy

    I was not on the ballot either....oh probably because I have not announced to run!!!!!
    They missed the other 300,000,000+ people in America as well – SLACKERS!

    July 23, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Joshua Ludd

    Well, when you aren't a declared candidate... and Palin doesn't seem likely to ever be one.. then yeah, you can easily be left off of polls.

    July 23, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. NoGr8rH8r

    What the Hell happened to the G.O.P.? Being a former "Young Republican", I'm ashamed and embarrassed for them. Not 1 potential candidate for 2012? C'mon! Their roster looks like some-sorta religious bake sale committee. Leave "Church out of State" and Vice- Versa.

    July 23, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Straw poll. Where bused in participants are encouraged to get in line, vote, and return to the back of the line to vote again....and again...and again....HC

    July 23, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Krabz

    Straw poll. Where bused in participants are encouraged to get in line, vote, and return to the back of the line to vote again....and again...and again....HC

    July 23, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Only Logic

    Well, d'uh, she's not a candidate and she doesn't have the qualifications. Why would she be on the ballot? I also noticed that Arnold the Pig wasn't on the ballot either. Big deal.

    July 23, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Republicans are stupid

    Two classless clowns....is there anymore to say...

    July 23, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. Ron Thibodeau

    It only makes sense. Neither one has announced that they are running for President of the United States, so they shouldn't be on the poll at all.

    July 23, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. MarshallM

    What a truly pathetic field of candidates. It doesn't really matter who wins the Ames straw poll, or any other straw poll, caucus or primary. Their all losers.

    July 23, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. MarshallM

    Oops! Typo...I meant to say they're all losers.

    July 23, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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