August 12th, 2007
11:35 AM ET
16 years ago

Official results from Iowa straw poll





RON PAUL 1,305 VOTES 9.1%








Filed under: Duncan Hunter • Fred Thompson • Iowa • John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Race to '08 • Ron Paul • Rudy Giuliani • Sam Brownback • Tom Tancredo • Tommy Thompson
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    HAHA That's great! Ron Paul got 9% of the vote and he was only in Iowa for 2 days and spent very, very little money.

    Then we have Romney spending MILLIONS to buy everyones' votes by busing them in, making them steak, and then buying their registration. LOL I don't know what is more pathetic: Romney paying millions to buy votes or the people that were suckered in to do this.

    August 12, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    I should have went, positioned myself in front of the BBQ while Mitt was cooking, awaited my opportunity, grabbed the meat he dropped on the ground, and sold it on ebay. But, alas, I was more interested in Ron Paul!!

    August 12, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. William J. Foster Beavercreek, OH

    Allen Ridge's post seems a bit too superlative (12:59 pm Aug 12). The Romney's probably don't have any skeletons in their closet...I think that's true. But they don't have some of the badges of honor they should have either. I note that Mr Romney wants to win the current war we are in...but none of his boys want to take part. It easy to talk about sacrifice when your family decides its for someone else to sacrifice so you can continue to amass your american dream...and that seem disingenuos. They are all very priveleged by any common American standard...and they seem to want to continue it just that way. They appear to want their lifestyle...and to want someone else to guarantee it.

    August 12, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Jeff C, San Francisco

    Romney reportedly spent 5 million dollars to get 4500 votes here; you have to wonder what the other candidates' numbers would be if they had all spent over a thousand dollars per vote. I'm pretty sure all the others had a MUCH higher votes-per-dollar return than Romney.

    August 12, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. John, Erie KS

    Christian conservatives & conservative veterans aren't going to vote for any of these birds, except maybe Brownback who lacks sufficient name recognition to get elected, or Fred Thompson who might get elected as a presidential actor. Sadly, there's not a single worthwhile presidential candidate in either party. Jeb Bush will probably come to the rescue and get elected.

    August 12, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Romney won, and no amount of rhetoric spin will change that.

    August 12, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Jason, Los Angeles, CA

    Although people reading will likely think i am a conspiracy theorist there is something crucial to our nation that must be brought up now before the election of 2008. In this Iowa Straw Poll, electronic voting machines manufactured by Diebold were used. One (or more i have seen different numbers) of the machines failed to report its results so the 1000-4500 (again i have seen different numbers) ballots had to be hand counted. These are the same machines that were shown to be insecure and unreliable by scientists at UC Berkeley as well as Princeton University. The threat these systems pose to our democracy is huge. We must do away with these systems to ensure that democracy is preserved and that every person's vote is counted correctly.

    August 12, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    Jeb Bush? Yeah right. Good luck getting elected nationally with Bush as your last name ever again. It will not happen.

    August 13, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  9. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    I think it's safe to say that if you participated in this event and didn't even get 10% (when the three front runners didn't participate), it's time to take the path of self-respect, like Thompson and drop out. We should be saying good bye to Hunter and Paul now, but it sounds like they're being stubborn. It would be really nice to hear from fewer people at the debates though...

    August 13, 2007 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  10. Dennis , Frederick, MD.

    How many common people could afford to pay $35 to vote in a straw poll? This was a bribe or rich vote for Mitt. There are more supporters for Ron Paul out there and his numbers will go up with the real vote, probably in December. Right Iowa?

    August 13, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Matt, Los Angeles, CA

    Romney paid $5 million for 4500 votes. That's about $1100 a vote. Nice.

    August 13, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Penna.

    Romney, the slick used car salesman sold Iowa a piece of junk!!

    August 14, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Jenny, Pasadena, CA

    The Diebold voting machines are being used to control the results. If you google search Diebold Princeton University, you can find a detailed research paper explaining how a voting machine virus could be installed on one machine during normal election activities that could silently spread to the other machines.

    This might have happend in the Iowa straw poll. It was reported there were 18 machine use and one of these malfunctioned during the vote. The 1,500 votes recorded by this machine had to be recounted. If one machine averaged 1,500 votes, then the total votes (from 18 machines) should be somewhere around 27,000 votes. However, there were only 15,00o votes counted. What happened to the other 15,000 votes? Especially when the event sold 26,000 tickets. That would mean only 60% of the people there actually voted.

    August 14, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Steve Cottle, Montevallo, Alabama

    Wow, Ron did an excellent job. Now if the internet buzz turns into actual votes on voting day Ron Paul would win by a 40 to 45 % margin. Go Ron Paul.

    August 14, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Sasha- lawndale,Ca

    The MEDIA is scared about showing the truth.
    So what if Ron paul has internet popularity 9.1% get it & you know there are more supporters for him.

    -spread the word!!!!!Ron Paul is a comin'

    August 14, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Mike

    But Ron Pauls internet/grassroots support did translate into real world results. I think that fifth place in the straw poll after polling around 1% for months isn't bad. By the way, it is no suprise that Ron Paul DID finish in the top three in the Illinois straw poll.

    August 17, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. TrafficBulldog, Sherman Oaks, CA

    Ron Paul

    9.1% in Iowa 19% in Illinois 1 week later.

    From California....

    Go Ron Go!

    When you get here, I will only give you my independent vote for president.

    August 19, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  18. G Code, Bakersfield CA

    well paul is in third because brownback and tancredo already dropped

    December 24, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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