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

    In other breaking news, I like turtles.

    October 29, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Southern Fried Southern Belle

    Well, he also came in 1% below Michelle Bachmann in the Ames Straw Poll but the media was able to hide that. I guess you can't hide it when he comes in first, although I didn't see it as a major headline or the yellow ticker. #blackthisout

    October 29, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Ben

    Ron Paul is the Goden man in our hand. Vote for Ron Paul for 1012. The rest of the candidates are liars and flip floppers.

    October 29, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Jbromer

    It is evident that RP is the only candidate that is supported by real Americans. All other candidates get support from corporations and special interest groups. RP has the most individual donations from military personnel than all candidates combined. His ideas of liberty and peace resonate with our troops. His foreign policy is what America should stand for, a beacon to freedom and peace!

    October 29, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. qwerty1

    Ron Perry? Mitt Paul?

    I don't understand who this article is trying to talk about.

    October 29, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. boomhauer

    republican leadership, please kiss the ring of your new king.

    October 29, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. DENNA

    Sigh. I suppose he will now be the 'flavor of the week'. Weakest field of Republican candidates ever. I say Michelle Bachmann should get the nomination. That should put the nail in the Rethug coffin.

    October 29, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Sylvia Botwin

    I'm impressed that this slate of whack jobs actually adds up to 100%.

    October 29, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Luis

    Delegates do not have a choice on this one. It is the will of the people. Ron Paul is wanted by the citizens in the nation. Not by the media or the establishment but who care. By the people of the people and for the people.

    October 29, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Dixie

    This makes me smile. Paul is radical, but he's the only rep candidate with any ideas. Romney last!

    October 29, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Ryan

    yah that is really really impressive if you really think that 430 and 101 votes represent anything....

    October 29, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. scottie1321

    You guys really do get excited about these straw polls that you can flood. Why don't we concentrate on real polls. How about the average of all the polls: Real Clear Politics. Look it up:http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/republican_presidential_nomination-1452.html

    Note that only 5 candidates have broken above 10% in the last year in that chart: Cain, Gingrich, Bachmann, Perry, and Romney.

    Three candidates have never broken above the 10% mark:
    Ron Paul, Huntsman, and Santorum

    October 29, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. lulyn

    It's now or never to save the U.S.A.
    Ron Paul or bust

    October 29, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. lue blacke

    Yeah right-paul is like the rest of them-"flavor of week"-& his "flavor" is the oldest & nastiest. It should be called "dependlicious/flavor!

    October 29, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. heavyhorse

    My bet is the mainstream media along with cable news will call this another fluke and not to be considered serious, but if Cain or Perry had won it would have been major news and be called proof of a grassroots swell of support

    October 29, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. kuewa

    Ron Paul: The candidate who doesn't believe in government except to the extent that it provides his paycheck and benefits. Everyone else can fend for themselves !

    October 29, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. Ed

    "It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."

    SAMUEL ADAMS
    RON PAUL 2012

    October 29, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. sissy

    I love it I am watching this on the internet, and waiting for even a mention on news..???? NO ONE can tell us that the news is not dishonest anymore.. NO ONE!!
    RON PAUL 2012......

    October 29, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Adam

    Can't Win??

    October 29, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Ron Paul Revolution

    amazing.

    October 29, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Paul has Offically won more Staw and online polls (combined) for the 2011 primary that any other in history. That's impressive.

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

    October 29, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. Carlin123

    The Media and political pundits will ignore it until it can no longer be ignored. He is boring because there is no flip-flopping no lying no political theater, just the cold hard truth and the light to lead us out of the hole we've put ourselves in. An underdog, a real American, and the only man I'll vote for. Ron Paul.

    October 29, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. NoLongerRepublican

    Yay, Ron! You're now the "Flavor of the Month."

    October 29, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. So Happy

    YES YES YES. THis has not been decided yet. LIFE, is RIGHT NOW, we DECIDE: This is fabulous, keep the momentum. Don't relax, keep on talking and keep on hoping.

    October 29, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. Great

    YES YES YES. THis has not been decided yet. LIFE, is RIGHT NOW, we DECIDE: This is fabulous, keep the momentum. Don't relax, keep on talking and keep on hoping.

    October 29, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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