Ron Paul wins both tallies at GOP straw poll in Iowa
October 29th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Ron Paul wins both tallies at GOP straw poll in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Ron Paul has won two separate tallies for the National Federation of Republican Assemblies Presidential Straw Poll.

Paul won both the Iowa-voters-only count at the Saturday convention in Des Moines as well as a tally of non-Iowans who participated.

In the Iowa voters result, Paul took 82%. Following him were Herman Cain with 14.7%, Rick Santorum with 1%, Newt Gingrich with 0.9%, Michele Bachmann with 0.5%, Rick Perry with 0.5%, Gary Johnson with 0.2%, with Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman 0%.

The total number of votes cast in that tally was 430.

In the tally of non-Iowans who voted, Paul won 26% followed by Cain at 25%, Perry and Santorum tied at 16%, Gingrich at 11%, Bachmann at 6%, Romney at 1%, and Huntsman and Johnson with 0%.

The total number of votes cast in that count was 101.

Though Paul won both tallies, the NFRA has not yet officially endorsed a candidate. Delegates to the convention will decide that later Saturday.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. Jim McClarin

    @ RJWTimes, Bradford, England: You eloquently state, "Ron Paul should draw his campaign to a close. Dennis Kusinich, dream on, anyway he is obsessed with the deficit and should quit now as he is boring everyone."

    Clearly Ron Paul is boring you and apparently so is Dennis Kucinich. The topic of US debt must also be a big yawner for you. Whatever you have could be profitably bottled and sold to the rest of us who are losing sleep over the portent of the fragmenting Eurozone and the concern that similar insolvency and civil unrest will visit our shore near-term. Don't forget that Ron Paul accurately called the housing crisis several years beforehand. Perhaps we shouldn't be so dismissive.

    October 29, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  2. Dawid

    Let's continue to fight for our liberty, and freedom! Ron Paul can't do it himself—get out there! Talk to your co-workers, friends, talk to a random person on the street!

    Spare debate, spark revolution, spark Ron Paul!

    October 29, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  3. normajean @ verizon ,com

    This is the {man?} person who said in front of GOD AND EVERYBODY that if you are sick or dying and have no insurance you should just go ahead and die!!!!! Wow....reading the preceeding comments...it looks like the little boy's club all got together and took turns playing with the computer!!!!!

    October 29, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  4. Dnice

    Ron Paul, he may not be our only choice for president, but he is certainly the only hope for America.

    October 29, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  5. Don Moler

    We have two very large Ron Paul floats that we need help in getting them to Iowa and NH from Ohio, Is there anyone that can help us. Don 330-530-2059.............cell 330-978-7038 send an email and we will send pictures of the floats.

    October 30, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  6. dan

    How did this disappear from the home page within hours and a big story about Romney's faith the homepage? Im not pulling for Paul or anyone at this point, but the coverage seems pretty mild in general and very poor on CNNs part. That is pretty big news.

    October 30, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  7. raj

    Media owes this to the country to let people hear what Ron Paul says and give him some new minutes

    October 30, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  8. raj

    Media owes it to the country to let people hear what Ron Paul says and give him some NEWS minutes

    October 30, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  9. David Bragg

    Ron Paul is the Anti-Obama. Gods will be done pray for honest media coverage.

    October 30, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  10. Don Moler

    Great news Paul. It's hard to belive yor doing this good with out the help of the news media. I have two large Ron Paul floats that I need help with to pull to Iowa. 330 978-7038 Don

    October 30, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  11. Bryan Lonn

    Good, he is the only candidate I would ever vote for besides Obama. Hopefully, the GOP understands that Ron Paul is their only saving grace for 2012.

    October 30, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  12. Aki

    Notice, Rick S. won NFRA's nomination next. Wow. So much for the idea of polling, NFRA.

    October 30, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  13. Mary

    II don't understand how Ron Paul wins this Des Moines vote with 82%, but according to another article just out, he placed third behind Romney and Cain? What?

    October 30, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  14. jennynewyear

    I'm glad to see this because Ron Paul seems like the only candidate who will seriously get our our federal budget under control. The more I learn about his views and the history behind them, the more I appreciate his understanding of what needs to be done. He's for real.

    October 30, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  15. nobody_but_paul

    I'm so sure Ron can win the Repub nomination, now I'm beginning to worry about State election official malfeasance, eg in NH where Romney has bought a lot of favors. Lawyers, lots of em, should start volunteering to watch the polling and counting process.

    October 30, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  16. jiffy quick

    Mitt Romnie and Rick Perry togather could not garner the votes to beat Obama,media coverage would lead everyone to believe these two are the front runners.Ron Paul is the real deal,people often refer to his principals when they want to set the record straight.FLY OVER PEOPLE FOR RON PAUL.

    October 30, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  17. Strangenotice

    Huffington post says Cain and Romney won:

    The latest results from the highly respected and much anticipated Des Moines Register Iowa Poll are in, and they show the duo of Herman Cain and Mitt Romney leading the field of Republican candidates.

    Cain receives 23 percent of the vote to 22 percent for Romney. Ron Paul runs third, with 12 percent.

    October 30, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  18. Feisty Loves Freedom

    This is a LANDSLIDE win! Incredible!!! There was no mention of Paul's wins on any of my local news sites or stations, but they did have several articles on Jon Huntsman.

    October 30, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  19. Big Ragu

    No surprise here. Watch the debates, there is only one clear cut winner. RON PAUL!!! RON PAUL 2012

    October 30, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  20. Nathan

    I was there and there was nothing shady. You could see he was going to win big time almost everyone there had a Ron Paul shirts or buttons on, it was domination. He had people on their feet 4 times, it was a great speech. To the Obama lover that commented no one expects him to win a state by 84% that's a crazy impossible number. But win the nomination he will. Once again Obama fan you can rest easy, me and the 7 friends I went with drove together (carpooling, Al Gore would be proud...lol. No Buses in sight) and we payed the $10 ticket fee.

    October 30, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  21. Kenny

    bottom line in the gop primary. It is a 2 way race Ron Paul vs Status Quo. If the gop does not nominate Ron Paul 2012. Then the gop will elect obama/bush 2012 bendover. wake up america or we deserve obama/bush 2012.

    October 30, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  22. John Ceballos

    This is just the beginning. The giant has awakened! Ron Paul will be the republican candidate. The only one who can easily beat obama.

    October 30, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  23. brigit fey

    We are awakening...Ron Paul 2012!

    October 30, 2011 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  24. Bill gravel

    After doing some of my own research today I've decided to switch my support from Cain to Paul. He's going to flip this corrupt system on its head, voting for any other candidate in these hard economic times is just plain stupid.

    October 30, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  25. ExDem

    Yes!!! Go Ron Paul 2012! How about more media coverage, If it was Cain, Perry, or Romney the press would be all over it.

    October 30, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
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