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. Mark

    Good, Dumb and Dumber won't waste ink.

    July 24, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Jake

    The world has no place anymore for CHRISTIAN RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS like Anders Behring Breivik... Oh yes, and add Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry in there as well. They are all dangerous.

    July 24, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Canadian Jim

    I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Someone at CNN is infatuated with Sarah Palin. It it not news when someone who is not runnning for President is not on a poll. In other news Sarah Palin will not quarterback the New England Patriots; Sarah Palin is not building her own space shuttle. Sarah Palin will not be running for city council in Scranton Pennsylvania....etc.

    July 24, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. No Hope; Just Fighting

    Who Cares? They are just fringe candidates who care about themselves anyhow?

    July 24, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Ken

    Now only if she would just GO AWAY'

    July 24, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Rainbowsforever

    She's not running. Palin isn't even apart of politics. She is simply entertainment. She is not to be taken seriously. It is about time everyone realize that.

    July 24, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. John

    Saran Palin Is bad news. For everybody.

    July 24, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Ernie

    I can't see why the both of them are not on the ballot, that's because the both of them have not comitted if they are going to run for "President". If they are going to run for President then the both of them should say so. Don't beat around the bush. Sarah Palin has not chance to win the Republician nomination. Rick Perry is wasting time and has not money. If Rick does decide to run he better start raising big time cash. Because right now he's way behind. As for Sarah Palin all she should do is just keep on making money on all her speech's. To be honest the both of them have no chance in wining the Presidency.

    July 24, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Joe

    Time to call a pres conference and blame this on the lamestreamlibtards and get some more attention.

    July 24, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. fideauxdon

    Any bad news for Palin is good news for the USA. The only better news would be no news for Palin. She and Casey Anthony should be blocked from any Media mention.

    July 24, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Mr. Ected

    Palin thinks that running for President is a mere nuisance. She expects to be anointed and appointed.

    Perry needs to secede from the race.

    A quitter and a bully. I wish them well.

    July 24, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Dave

    Uh... Rebecca.... Perry and Palin have not declared that they are running. Huntsman and Romney have – therefore – they are on the ballot. It seems your entire article is based on the obvious – but you don't understand what you are reporting about.

    July 24, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. logikflux

    She never did announce she was running did she? Who cares. The woman is a laughing stock of the political arena.

    July 24, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. What a Media Ho Ho Ho!

    It appears that Dumb as Rocks Sarah Palin is making too much money off of dumb white trash to even bothering herself to lower her standards to work with the Tea Party slime. Media Ho Ho Ho Sarah is just out for the mighty dollar. If she has to get help from her devil worship or speaking in tongues or create unlawful acts to get ahead she has and will do so. She is a crook. Nothing better the ears. No common sense. Hasn't a clue. Repulsive and uneducated. That is all the Tea Party wants is a leader without brains to manipulate. Give the Koch Brothers the credit they are expecting by buying elections for the Tea Party. The Koch Brothers have $22 billion a piece. They can buy elections for anyone anywhere in the world. Talk about world domination.

    July 24, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. No common sense can get you elected

    Sure she is uneducated and repulsive to most Americans because she helped elect the anarchistic Tea Party members in Congress. The Koch Brothers have $22 billion dollars a piece. They can buy any election that they want for the Tea Party or for the John Birch Society. Heaven help us.

    July 24, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Mindie in Indie

    Bad new for Palin? I think Palin is the bad news.

    July 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. skidder

    I think the point of the article is they included three others who declined to participate because they're considered serious contenders and they want to see what happens. They don't have to declare they're running to be included and can be added if viewed relevant.

    July 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Palin Power

    Palin will be our next President. Rick Perry on the other hand will never be President. Michelle Bachmann will be Palin's successor in 2021 after Palin serves 2 great terms. Bachmann will also have 2 terms and we will have an eternity of white conservative madam presidents and vice-presidents. Men, minorities and liberals will never be president and vice-president again.

    July 24, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Ron

    Sarah Palin is no more a politician than I am building, we are facing real issues in the country therefore Mrs. Palin is not the issue or a part of the conversation, she is a distraction and disruption to real change. It looks like the GOP is holding auditions for the cast of the upcoming three stooges movie.....

    July 24, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. JonDie

    How could they leave off the mother of an unwed pregant teenage daughter, who is also an umemployed high school drop out when dances on reality shows when she's not making a fortune lecturing to young girls to not drop out or get pregant or having plastic surgery, be left off the ballot? The Palins ARE what 21st century America is all about.

    July 24, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. nobama

    Thanks fotrthe "Breaking News" that 2 people not running for President are not on a ballot. I have not declared yet, should I be looking for an entry about that next.Perhaps a "Bad News for Hillary" headline since she hasn't announced if she is running for President? Also, your liberal, anti-Palin bias keep showing when you run the tease as the CNN standard "Bad News for Palin" Add Ms. Stewart to the list of lberal hacks in hte pocket of Obama at CNN.

    July 24, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. gorddicnn

    Who cares about either one of these jerks.

    July 24, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Jim4omokovich

    Such a sad article written by super left liberal, rebecca stewart. Lies,bias,
    and spins. Nothing worse than twisting and spinnings the truth.
    Neither one of them has declare themselves as candidates,
    so why should they be included in the straw poll.
    Stupid, dishonest article to make someone look bad. She should be
    banned from writing articles.

    July 24, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. bobcat2u

    Bad news for Palin !!!!! VERY GOOD news for the rest of us. Now maybe she'll go back home where she can kill her some mooses and reindeers and bahrs and baby seals and whatever else they grow in that part of the world.

    July 24, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Sgt Schultz

    AS IF...there are any differences between Perry, Palin and the current crop of right-wing extremist candidates? Why bother.

    July 24, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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