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. raj

    All running politician photo is in "CNN POLITICAL TICKER" slide but Ron Paul photo is not in top slide bar ???

    October 29, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. RonMax

    Ron, We love you man!!! you are a force to reckon with, the media is powerless against your record. You Rule.

    October 29, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. JLFuller

    It doesn't matter how many polls Paul's lunatic supporters sandbag the old goat has ZERO chance of being nominated. It is pure fantasy to think otherwise.

    October 29, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    R3volution, what R3volution? nothing to see here, just move along.

    October 29, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. crasster

    Good, now media do your job and cover Ron Paul already! More than you have an you know it!

    October 29, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Norm

    You have to remember that those that voted in these polls are interested and aware. The general public only hears what the MSM puts out. "Stupid people are ruining this country!"

    October 29, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. derrick

    R3volution, what R3vilution?, nothing to see here, just move along.

    October 29, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Spock500

    Quick, can anyone name who won the Republican Iowa straw poll in 1988? in 2000? In 2008? Does anyone really care?

    October 29, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Tinnuhana

    Ron Paul doesn't have to bus people in; just as he doesn't have to run money bombs. The grassroot supporters do these things.

    October 29, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Jay

    Only 430 people were polled. it could have gone either way. I only listen to polls that include thousands of people rather than hundreds

    October 29, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Jack

    Watch Fox News clowns Oreilly, Morris and Rove dismiss this poll also.

    October 29, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

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

    82% of 430 people – yep, impressive. They were all bussed in?

    Obama 2012

    October 29, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Christian F

    The corporate media will no longer have to avoid Ron Paul as a SERIOUS contender. His message of limited government, peace, anti – corruption, and ending the private owned banking cartel known as the "Federal" Reserve (which is destroying this Economy, which by the way Obama and most of the GOP loves) will wake up millions of citizens in America. Ron Paul MUST get elected because he IS the only candidate that can change this country around. RON PAUL 2012!

    October 29, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Frank

    Could CNN please tell us exactly how many individuals voted in this straw poll?

    October 29, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. SlammoFandango

    I'm sure we'll see headlines about Cain placilng second with no mention of Paul just like we saw mention of Cain raising 3 million bucks in a month and no mention of Paul raising 3 million buck in a couple of days....from 40,000 small personal donations...Not weapons manufacturers or mega banks or universities that are able to charge more for educations that are affordable for people but whom lobby government to forgive the debt of their customers so as to encourage future customers to continue the practice of going into debt in order to do business with universities...

    October 29, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. Frank

    Could CNN please tell us exactly how many individuals voted in this straw poll? I get a total of 531. What is the population of Iowa?

    October 29, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. terry

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands what freedom is about. He can draw support from dems and repubs

    October 29, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. jeremyb802

    Yeah RON! this made my day, I cannot believe anyone would even consider voting for anyone else. We finally have a candidate that tells the truth, doesnt flip flop and has a real chance of saving this country. He is the modern day Thomas Jefferson

    October 29, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. christian

    @"GOP = Greed Over People"

    Ron Paul doesn't need to bus people in... They bus themselves in for Dr. Paul.

    October 29, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. Thad

    The only repub with an original vision and a real plan that has experience and a squeaky clean personal life. He could be the obamanator but i think the repubs are just too polluted with teabaggers and neo cons to nominate a man wiith vision

    October 29, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Seamus

    Haha, Romney at 1%...

    October 29, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. karl

    RP said that now is the time to start advertising. He has been hitting the airwaves getting his message out. I believe this is the fruits of his labor.

    October 29, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Tinnuhana

    Ron Paul doesn't have to bus people in; just as he doesn't have to run money bombs. The grassroot supporters do these things. This is one big reason for the success of the Ron Pauo republicans (and "blue republicans," too). They say it took 16 years for the Goldwater revolution to culminate in the election of Ronald Reagan. With the internet and all, it seems that the time frame has sped up.The "next generation" and the remnant of true small-government republicans (from back when republicans were elected to end wars) see in Ron Paul someone who walks the talk of that old guard. They see his fight as their own.

    October 29, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Isaac

    Great news!!

    October 29, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. Angel

    RJWTimes, no thanks for contributing your ignorant comment, "obsessed with the deficit", the economy is probably the number one priority on all the candidates this election cycle and if anyone knows, or cares about it, he is the chairman of United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology. Ron Paul 2012!

    October 29, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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