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.


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soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. bruce block

    Run Ron RUN!

    October 29, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Otis Peabody

    1000 show up, but only 501 votes ??? Where did the other 500 go? Looks like 500 showed up only to " NOT VOTE ".BULL. Looks to me like the first 500 votes did not get put in the count. Why did 400 to 500 voters show up only to" NOT CAST A VOTE FOR ANYONE. After all it is a Straw Poll, you go there to VOTE. "Had the missing votes gone to Ron Paul the 82% is now in the high 90's And that is a real "LANDSLIDE" for Paul. But where are the missing 400-500 votes ? Something smells here in Iowa like BULL. Anyone got a count of the tickets sold?? Also it was when they said Newt was next on a recorded tape is when everyone took off. It was a good day for Ron Paul in Iowa. Even a better day for you and me. Otis

    October 29, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. celebs4truth (@celebs4truth)

    AWESOME!!! It's about friggin' time!!!

    October 29, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Adrienne CAOS SIncalir

    Yes but here is the tid bit,,, get ready he pulled an Obama >>> He bused in the College kids I mean he did many buses pulling up with GOD only knows how many were there and the voters would have worked on the ground, this is the economy and what Wallstreet and the Military guys come home to this crap a grumpy old RP brings bused loads of college kids in to vote,to do his work so he looks good shows what 12 terms in Congress can do to a person now I am getting busy for Herman Cain . who would believe that is what Obama did in 2008 cheap shot but now it shows how dirty works to look good in a straw poll!. well Herman Cain does not fight dirty it is not in his DNA its in mine. you have a man of principle who would make a President of the Century well it just make you work that much harder

    October 29, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Charles

    No major media coverage yet.

    October 29, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. adampeart

    @ RJWTimes, Bradford, England, Yes Ron Paul is boring to anyone who considers watching Big Brother marathons fun.

    October 29, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. fiskenmann

    You won nothing, loser!

    October 29, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Ron Paul predicted 9/11, housing bubble & wall street bailouts, Americans being assassinated, and occupy wall street. He's been right about everything. Why wouldn't you vote for him?

    October 29, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Joe

    It's his turn to be the "I'm not Romney" candidate of the week.

    Next?

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

    About 531 people voted in a straw poll. Do we really want to believe that this will get noticed in the other states. These straw polls seemed to be occurring very regularly. No one person is getting the support of all these Republican straw polls. Lot of money being spent here.

    October 29, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Carmen

    GO RON!!!! We got your back!!! RON PAUL 2012!!! Restore America NOW!!!!

    October 29, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Ron Paul – America Hope for a true recovery – Make your own sign and put it up in your yard and use some white shoe polish and put a Ron Paul 2012 on the rear window of your car

    October 29, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Jim Thompson

    If you are a patriot and love freedom, get to know this man. He is electable and is the strongest fighter for freedom out there. He is a man that can’t be bought or he would have been a long time ago.

    Gods speed Ron Paul in 2012!

    October 29, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. skarphace

    Another huge win for Paul. Sooner or later, the establishment will not be able to ignore him.

    Move over, Corporations, We the People are choosing the President this time around.

    Ron Paul 2012.

    October 29, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. todd chapman

    if people who are open minded, respectable people they will vote for ron paul. if not they will get what they have been given and they will not like it.

    October 29, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. The Voter

    Ron Paul is not bussing any one to the voting booths, We all drive our cars or walk our feet. We do not need a union to buss us, nor a "Canadian" bus. We just don't allow to be "bussed arround". Go Ron Paul! You already won my vote.

    October 29, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Are any of Paul's supporters on social security, use public roads, believe in VA benefits, or do they all think Ron will roll back the civil rights laws?

    October 29, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Jack - Texas

    Really great. One poll had 400+ voters the other had little over 100. I can get more voters at a local bar.

    October 29, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Sheri

    Right on IOWA! We love you guys! Keep it up for the caucus in January :)

    In the words of Charlie Sheen...
    Ron Paul is bi-winning! He is full of tigers blood and adonis DNA!

    October 29, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. mghughett

    Holy Crap!!!! Great job Ron Paul!!!!! I can wait to see CNN, Fox and the others freak out about this!

    October 29, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. DDanny1

    Those who support Ron Paul haven't really taken an objective look at what he thinks would make a better country. He feels you can abolish regulation and the market will regulate itself. WRONG! That might have worked when Paul was growing up and companies were run by their founders to hand picked successors, many of who were immediate family members. These people had a history with the company and their family name and history were at stake when it came to quality, safety and honesty. That's no longer the situation. The CEO's of most Fortune 500 companies are hired guns who have no prior association with the company before their hire. As we have seen, they will not think twice of "jackpotting" the company, actually using the companies good reputation to rob it blind. Think Enron. As a retired airline pilot, should Paul become POTUS, I plan on going into the scrap metal business. I'll just buy property near major airports and wait for the planes to drop on them.

    October 29, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Cindy

    The GOP has fractured into (3) parts. Libertarian, regular republicans+ independents, and the lunatic right-wing fringe group. And I think that fringe group is going to get dangerous. I don't know how this is going to turn out.

    October 29, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Pamela LaBrake

    Excellent : ) Ron Paul the honest candidate. 2012

    October 29, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Brett Fischer

    Ron Paul 2012 – "Save America & Restore Liberty"

    October 29, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. USMaverick

    I do like Ron Paul, and the passion among his supporters. But let's not kid ourselves here with these straw polls. Paul's supporters throng by the bus (which is awesome), and go from state to state to vote. But that's a VERY SMALL segment of the overall population that is HIGHLY motivated.
    I will bet a large cup of coffee that Paul will not even get 5% in the GOP primaries (overall). It is sad, but just real facts.

    I will however concede the media bias against Paul (especially Fox news). There is NO reason to marginalize or ignore a truly iconic figure in US politics (I disagree with him a LOT but have utmost respect for his unwavering opinions)

    October 29, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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