(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.
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Hey, you ObambI Loving, Left Wing, Welfare Sucking Liberals want to hear something that's coming to a Voting Precient near you in 2012? Try a Perry/Rubio Ticket! Michelle had better be saving her moving boxes........and you Lazy Takers better begin looking in the Classifieds under "JOBS"...... a section Dems never read.
Poor old Sarah Palin, can't get very much attention as being a viable candidate for President. What should she do? Thought her bus tour was to be her breakout to run for President? Looks like, even that's run into some flat tires.
Awwwwww, the two secessionists and traitors were left out. How horribly sad this is for all concerned.
Not that either one of them will win anything.
One needs to start taking better care of her kids. Is anyone in this family going to have a child either out of wedlock or end up in a shotgun wedding?
The other village idiot from texas. I guess that says it all!
Palin did not belong on that no matter what. She is quitter, and is only in it for money.
Entering at stage Right yet another idiot..
Perry now planning to run for President of the country that he was talking about Succeeding from !
Can any of them pull in moderate voters?
Palin must be riding around on a bus somewhere, lost....or maybe on a private jet to nowhere. Oh wait a minute, she's at her kid's book signing where you HAVE to BUY a copy of Bristol's book if you want Sarah's autograph. Nothing like cashing in on your loosing VP candidacy. Quiting in the middle of the duties as the elected governor so you can ride around in a private jet and get $100,000 for a speech, is what Sarah did and continues to do. Nothing like selling your soul for the almighty dollar.
Nobody cares about some RATpubliSCUM straw poll!!!
For the last time she aint running for pres. She wants McCains seat. Ya know she just bought a million dollar house in AZ
Come on Sarah please oh please run...we Dems are just sooo afraid of you, HA!
Waste of time . . . Obama 2012, All the way!
Who told them they were going to be "in"? Shoo, fools.
This contest is going to be used as an excuse to flush some of the trash out of this contest. Who ever comes in the last three spots will be excused from competing further. If Perry or Palin were in this, they might just score poorly. That would be a nightmare for the cable stations and also the Republican dreamers looking for a better choice. These two aren't them.
Lordie, what a pathetic group of Republicants running for President. I guess Perry and Palin are the saviors for the GOP!! They both are a few sandwiches short of a picnic basket!! Obama 2012!!!!
No one cares what Palin does anymore, she's not a contender.
Hahaha! The GOP doesn't want her either!
I would hope that only people who have declared that they are running be on the ballot. There is no reason to have those that aren't running be on the straw poll. I can't fathom why they would be in the first place.
I hate to break it to all you pundits, but nobody gives a damn about the presidential contest in 2012 yet. We're busy wondering if the extreme partisan posturing in Washington is going to ruin our government. We're concerned about how badly we're going to be gouged at the gas pump through the rest of the year. We're worried about the devastating heat wave that is ballooning our utility bills and killing some of us. We're struggling to either find jobs, or cling to the ones we have. We're trying to work long enough to make our retirement work. We're living in the present, daunted by the future and reminiscing about the past. In other words, we're living. To hell with posturing, pandering, self-involved egomaniacs beating each other up over an election more than a year away.
The Republicans are getting serious about the Presidential election-FINALLY- and I guess ,Sarah Palin is getting tired of being a curiosity.
She's actually a damn nice woman and American-just not one for the Presidential political arena.
I hope Mrs.Palin does well in whatever else she does.
She sure took a continent full of harassment over the last few years-99% with great restraint and style.
$illy $arah is irrelevant, when will CNN's love affair with her, and her idiot family finally be done.
What a rubish heap of candidates. If you're supporting any of the declared candidates or undeclared Palin or Perry, you're loving the republican or tea party more than America.
Good news. If they are not in they should not be counted. They are both epic failures anyway.
Whaaa? No creeple people??
It's a shame Centrists have to choose between hard left and hard right.
palin is your typical loudmouth right wing buffoon, the reason why most educated people laugh and hate outspoken uneducated right wingers.