(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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theybhave alot these for straw for bains
agan.....she's a nobody. She really, really wants to be a somebody but then she opens her mouth then she turns into a nobody again.
Are you kidding me?Who at CNN has the hard-on for Palin? The fact that someone who is not running for President is not on a poll should not be news!
Wait here"s a late-breaking bulletin: Sarah Palin was not named to quarterback the New England Patriots this year.
Here's Your Sign " L "
Good grief. Let's make this straw poll vote count more than it really does. The media is hyping once again. It is time they used their abilities to right articles about the here and now.Maybe people are not excited that Palin and Perry were left off the ballots.
CNN needs to get real and stop hyping every little bit of information. It really does diminish the value of the truly important stories.
They are all assholes. Fuck 'em all, especially the cunt Palin.
Well Hope everyone leaves Sarah Palin off and in ALASKA where she belongs for ever!
If we think we are in trouble now look out if she were to become president! DON"t vote for Sarah Palin.
Ron Paul 2012!
Wow, WHAT an injustice! Two people who AREN'T running are NOT on the ballot! Hey, I just remembered, I'M not running. I DEMAND that my name be placed on the ballot too.
CNN U R pathetic with this title, U hate Palin but she has more class behind her finger nail than all your contributors/employees together will ever have...
Who actually gives a rat's arse. Two extreme nuts anyway.
Palin isn't going to run. She's just milking the publicity to keep the money coming in while she still can. After this election she's just going to be another skidmark on the underwear of the "lamestream" media.
Sarah will go back to being mama grizzly, or maybe mama rattlesnake if she stays in AZ. I feel bad for the poor people of that state...wild fires, haboobs, palins, racial profiling, deserts...We need to give that state back to mexico and cut our losses
the divisive half cocked sobs should be deleted, to _______ racist, America codons others and Palin, ought not be considered for nothing other than a --- car show event (kkk) state of America, deny it, boehner = sugar house it tea, the boy cantor all racist pigs, any thing to stop a president other than a white
The day is coming when we will no longer have to hear about the disfunctional Palins.
That's the best they can offer? Really? Not a sane, intelligent and honest one among them. And there won't be, as long as they have to appease Grover and the tea-baggers (Armey, Kochs, etc.) Pathetic.
Iowa will miss Mitt's money.
Because he can actually sit up straight and read street signs, Romney is by default the driver of a bus full of bozos lurching toward the absurd goal of identifying the leader of party that has no cohesion, and that has spun out of the control necessary for coordinated political action.
That is a start, now if we could just get them removed from the other 48 I would sleep better.
Nice story Ms. Stewart!
BOY ARE YOU GUYS AT CNN IN TROUBLE!!!
Sarah Palin and "left" in the same sentence? She's gonna be mad at you!
A no-show by Mitt Romney would be unfortunate, as I believe he stand a chance of winning. IMHO, he's a much more viable candidate than the rest of this pathetic line-up.
Sorry I've been gone so long all! I'm so glad some of my friends here like Sniffit have kept up the good talk in showing how racist the GOP Is. Keep it up!
There is no story here. The two that were "left off" aren't running. You have to be a candidate to be a contender in the straw poll.
Who cares? Snookie Palin wants Bachmann's money and media attention.
no responses?? if they don't fit into your basket of aggreeability..you just don't post them, (as you did with mine ) or say, " awaiting moderation"..is that what they do in the house and senate, is that what you do to your own investigative reporters when they looked into jack wheelers death, seems like murdoch tried that at his papers, now he has some splan'n to do, as they say in Pittsburgh..