August 12th, 2007
11:35 AM ET
14 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. chris cleburne Texas

    No surprise that Ron Paul didn't finish in the top three.

    August 11, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Some Guy, anytown USA

    It's a shame that Ron Paul's internet popularity again doesn't translate to actual real world results. Congrats to Romney. Nice showing by Huckabee too.

    August 11, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. John

    Great for Ron Paul. Considering he barely bought any tickets and only officially started campaigning in Iowa on Thursday, he did excellent.

    August 11, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. ehorn, Troy MI

    It appears that 9.1% of the
    people actually get it!

    August 11, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Aaron K, Bondurant, IA

    Um, I hate to sound crazy, but where were those Tancredo supporters at? I was there and saw a lot of Brownback, Huckabee, Paul, and Romney supporters, but there was nobody there for Tom Tancredo... I spent a good amount of the day there, and there were much, much more Tommy Thompson supporters than Tancredo supporters... I'm going to call bunk on this; I'd bet my life that Ron Paul had many more votes than Tom Tancredo. Oh well, Ron Paul still has more money than everyone on that list save for Romney and Guiliani...

    August 11, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Ben, Irvine, California

    Well, that shows exactly what order people match the party values. Fantastic news for Romney, as it cements his deserved title as frontrunner and establishes him as the champion of the party amongst those who care about the party's values (fiscal conservative, proven leader, brilliant and dynamic debater, pro-life, defender of traditional marriage, optimist, Reagan-esque in stature and vision, passionate about integirty, in favor of strong economy, families, and military – and with the ideal presidential family and appearance, to boot!)

    Go Romney!

    August 11, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. Mike Harrington, Cincinnati, OH

    Romney's biggest problem has always been his lack of name recognition, resulting in less attention given to his exceptional foresight for this country. This straw poll is an example of what is to come in the next few months. As voters become more familiar with Romney and his platform, they will recognize that Romney is the person that we need to lead this country.

    August 11, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. John G. Messing, Las Vegas, NV

    This straw poll is a scandal.

    Although it's not "official", it gives credibility to front runners, and causes others to drop out of the race.

    It frontloads and definitely produces an effect on the presidential race, yet requires a $35. fee to vote - the logical equivalent to a poll tax.

    This tradition should be challenged and eliminated.

    August 11, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Eric Johnson, Dallas, TX

    I realize that this is not a “scientific poll.” However, I believe when a ballot includes all candidates, you cannot dismiss a showing of less than 1%, regardless of his presence or absence in Iowa. I believe John McCain will be announcing his withdrawal very soon.

    Also when you consider the discrepancy between the “credible national polls” and an actual vote available to all who wish to participate (in a given area), it would seem prudent to trust the latter.

    Considering the tiny amount of money spent by Brownback, Tancredo and Paul, I would say this somewhat changes the complexion of the race in the minds of the average American. Regardless of the impending media spin.

    August 11, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  10. Warren Thompson, Silver Spring, MD

    I think it's it a true testament that Ron Paul has 9% of the vote, without spending close the millions that Romney used to bribe voters.

    It's a true grassroots campaign blessed with the original American spirit.

    August 11, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. Nathan, Houston, TX

    Isn't it amazing that everytime there is a nationally covered vote that one of these voting machines malfunctions or there has to be a recount? We should really be asking why so much money could be put into their development and yet they are faulty. Isn't it a little weird that in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections there were similar problems in key states. How many times will we let them take away our votes before we do something about it? Why are the people in charge of the vote counting in bed with the top candidates? This Neo-Con coup must stop.

    Just do the research people. Please.

    August 11, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. C. Richardson San Diego, CA

    No reason to get grumpy about a win like this. Everyone deserves worthy opponents.

    August 11, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. Kyle, Pheonix Az formerly from Iowa

    Well since neither Ron Paul or Mike Huckabee paid any supporters to show up by buying their tickets and providing transportation I think that they both did just fine.

    The fact that 1300 people on their own dime took the time to show up and vote does translate into a little more than only a intenet following. Hell, I might have gone and voted for Mitt for a free ride and some free grub! j/k

    August 12, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. Ian, Las Vegas

    Tommy Thompson's screwed, time to drop out of the race now.

    August 12, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  15. katharine taylor san diego

    Ron Paul is the most conservative man running for president. His views on ending the war, not meddling in foreign affairs, shrinking government and aboloshing the income tax among other things only shows what a true conservative he his. He voted against the patriot act, the only republican to do so, and if you value your freedom, your natural born rights, our constitution, you better read the patriot act and see if you agree with it and better yet, go to and check out Dr. Paul in some of the past republican debates. Don't be fooled by the neo cons and their warmongering agenda. Its time to step up and be pro choice for life, and liberty, before birth and after! Vote for life! Bring our troops home! End this undeclared unconstitutional war! Vote for Dr. Paul!

    August 12, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  16. John, Phoenix, Arizona

    This means absolutely nothing. Three of the top four were not even there. Iowa means nothing. Why we even have straw polls in a state which is having a hard time keeping residents from moving away is beyond me.

    August 12, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  17. Michael, Gladstone, MO

    To the Romney supporters out there, this doesn't so much cement his status as front runner as it illustrates how much cash he is pumping into a campaign. I wonder how many people he paid to go in and vote actually went with a true conservative or someone who has convictions as well as values a la Ron Paul or Huckabee.

    Romney should have outpaced all of his opponents by a massive margin given the war chest and his own money that he has had to resort to using to go for the Presidency. Go Dr. Paul and Gov. Huckabee.

    August 12, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  18. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    WOW Ben from California...How wrong you are on all of those things you called Romney. Frontrunner? He polls at 8% nationally...Pro Life? Maybe since last year...but has he EVER done anything to advance the issues of pro life republicans? The answer is no...Defender of traditional marriage? Again someone who supported gay rights as he ran for governor of Mass. is not someone I would consider a supporter of "traditional marriage" Reagan-esque? Romney doesn't light a torch up to Reagan's legacy...Proven leader? Yes of FLIP FLOPPING more than John Kerry...In favor of military? Yep as long as its our sons and daughters going to fight in Iraq while his sons stay at home campaigning for him...that is just as equal in service of the country as the soldiers dying daily in Iraq....Dynamic debater? Who gets outshined by the other republican candidates in ever debate! Get educated Ben! Don't believe the hype!

    August 12, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  19. Dinesh Dharmadasa, Covina California

    Though he didnt finish in the top three, its a hell of a jump from not even showing up on the polls. Ron Paul is moving up and up and up and up..

    August 12, 2007 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  20. John, Brooklyn, NY

    So who do we believe. The Iowa polls had Ron Paul at 0%. This event has Ron Paul at almost 10% of the Iowa vote.

    Hmmm...things just don't add up!

    August 12, 2007 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  21. Charity, Chicago, IL

    Oh man, somebody stick a fork in John McCain and let him limp back to the shuffleboard court where he belongs. Only 70 votes ahead of some self-financed nutcase someone's never heard of? Remember way back when in 2005 when he was going to be everyone's bipartisan dream candidate?

    August 12, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. William J. Foster

    America may be at it again. We have very seldom elected sitting Senators to be President. The last sitting Senator to be elected President was John Kennedy...and before him you have to go back a long way to find the next. Given that the polls suggest we rate Congress even lower than George 43 in being effective, it probably isn't an advantage to be a sitting Senator running for the Presidency.

    August 12, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. gene, Dixon Illinois

    How can candidates, of either party, proclaim to be 'pro-life' if they are also pro-war, pro-capital punishment, pro-nuclear power, pro-patriot act (which, if you read the whole thing, which most of the candidates who supported and voted for it, never did) is an insult to the intelligence of everyone smarter than the moron in the white house! someone explain that to yourselves "anti-abortion", but NOT 'PRO" life...

    August 12, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Allen Ridge

    This was a great win by Mitt Romney who is probably the most qualified candidate to ever run for President of the USA.
    Mitt won the Iowa straw vote with 31.5% of the vote in 1999 George Bush won by a slightly smaller percentage at 31.3%. Mitt’s margin of victory was even greater than Bush’s in 1999. There Mitt’s margin of victory was 13.4% and Bush’s was 10.5%.
    Mitt also was impressive in that his average polling number in Iowa to date is at 24.8% according to Real Clear So taking nearly 32% of the vote shows that conservative Iowans like Mitt Romney’s message and where he stands on the issues. Mitt worked hard for this win and Americans like it when public officials work hard, he deserved to win. The fact that Rudy, John, and Fred were scare to compete with Mitt is going to send a message to all Americans that their organization and passion to win and compete in all States is lagging.
    The Romney’s would make a great First Family and I believe if Americans liked Ronald Reagan they are going to love Mitt Romney!

    If America's liberal wolfpack press and their followers want to continue with their negative sterotypes of this man and his family so be it.
    Mitt has no skeletons in his closet and is as "solid" a candidate this country has seen in a long time.

    August 12, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Beth LA California

    yup, pretty much worthless if you pay people to go and vote. I would vote in that for a free trip knowing it didnt count towards the real vote

    August 12, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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