Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann made her last appeal to Republicans before the Ames straw poll with an Iowa-centric speech that focused on her socially conservative credentials.
“We will never be ashamed of being social conservatives,” she said.
Ames, Iowa (CNN) – Need an early indication that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota could do very well at Saturday’s GOP presidential straw poll in Ames, Iowa?
Here’s one: A source close to the Bachmann campaign tells CNN the campaign has handed out 4,000 tickets to supporters. (Remember, at this straw poll campaigns are allowed to bus their supporters in to the event and pay the $30 ticket fee to allow them to vote. Of course, everyone who casts a ballot in the straw poll needs to prove that they are an Iowa resident or go to school in the state.)
Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Hoping to avoid an underwhelming straw poll finish that could derail his campaign, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty delivered a message of electability to an arena full of Republicans in Ames on Saturday.
“I won and got re-elected in one of the most difficult states in the country for a Republican,” he said, promising to carry purple and blue states in a general election match-up against President Barack Obama.
Ames, Iowa (CNN) – One of the big winners from the last Ames straw poll issued some advice to whoever comes out on top Saturday: don’t rest on your laurels.
Mike Huckabee gave that advice as he toured the grounds at the critical contest in the Republican presidential race.
Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Prayer and praise amid packed pathways, barbecue pits, musical acts and throngs of supporters wearing candidate's T-shirts - including a poodle.
The scene at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa contest is chaotic but apparently not confusing to Iowans determined to cast votes for their candidate, socialize with fellow voters and indulge in free food and entertainment.
Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul proved that he is a leading contender to win Ames straw poll on Saturday by packing the venue with his rowdy sign-waving supporters.
“We have lost our enthusiasm for freedom!” said Paul, who donned a short-sleeved plaid shirt for the occasion.
Dover, New Hampshire (CNN) - Jon Huntsman predicted that Michele Bachmann would win Saturday's straw poll in Iowa, an organizing contest he chose to skip to focus his campaign on New Hampshire instead.
Huntsman told CNN he thinks Bachmann will win, Ron Paul will place second and Tim Pawlenty will come in third.
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Vowing to bring his own brand of Lone Star conservatism to Washington, Texas Governor Rick Perry declared his candidacy for president in a raucous speech in South Carolina Saturday.
“It is time to get America working again,” Perry said in the speech, previewing his campaign’s focus on the economy.
Ames, Iowa (CNN) - In his final pitch to Iowa Republicans before balloting begin at the Ames straw poll, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum acknowledged his underdog status but promised a comeback.
“This is the little-engine-that-could campaign,” Santorum said. “They told us we had no chance.”