Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll
August 13th, 2011
06:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll

Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a narrow victory at the Ames Straw Poll, outpacing Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a vote that cements Bachmann’s status as the Iowa frontrunner and is all but certain to force Pawlenty to reassess his candidacy.

Iowa GOP officials said nearly 17,000 ballots were cast in the straw poll, a closely scrutinized test of each campaign’s organizational muscle in Iowa.

Bachmann won 4,823 votes narrowly edging Paul’s total of 4,671.

Pawlenty finished a distant third with 2,293, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum netted 1,657 votes.

They were followed in order by businessman Herman Cain (1,456 votes), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (567 votes), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (385), former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (69) and Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (35).

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who announced his campaign on Saturday but did not compete in the straw poll, collected 718 write-in votes.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Barry from Wisconsin

    Who cares? A nitwit who pays people to vote in a "straw poll." The cornfed Iowans strike again.

    August 13, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. KEESA22

    We all new this koot was gonna win because the REDUMBLICANS-TEABUMMERS trying the one who gonna tell the most LIES.the redumblicans only focuse is POWER,In the debates they never mention nothing about helping the middle class.Poor Bachmen only talk about how we gonna take the white house from Obama Ok we get it.That`s was yall focuse from day 1 since Obama took office,Never work on nothing to help the country.BUT THAT`S WHAT YOU CLOWNS THINK.

    August 13, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. lifesaver

    Who cares what a few bible thumpers in Iowa think? Bachmann's kooky views obviously play well there.

    August 13, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Woody G

    So, the Left-Wing media's favorite Establishment 'Front-Runner' Mitt Romney had his butt severely kicked in Iowa...No wonder he high-tailed it out of there and nowhere to be seen when the results were announced.

    The Obammunist Media has a dilemma now:...who are they going to Palinize? Michele Bachman or Rick Perry?

    Already the vile and despicable Newsweek has shown its cards. They're voting Bachman. I imagine the equally vile and despicable pMSNBC will hedge the bet and go after Perry.

    Let the games begin!

    August 13, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. RINO Bil

    So someone tell me how is Bachmann's "victory" in Iowa relevant in any way if the George W. Bush clone, Rick Perry, wasn't included? The only good thing about it is that it makes Sarah Palin even more irrelevant to Tea Bag Party politics.

    August 13, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Discernment


    Iowa Tea Party Republican Evangelicals were expected to give Michele Bachmann a win in their state. But Iowa Tea Party Republicans are unique and Michele will not see such enthusiasm in any of the other 49-states.

    August 13, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Mark Anthony Jones

    US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), 152 votes behind US Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). NOW maybe the mainstream media, ie CNN and FOX, will take the Ron Paul campaign seriously and quit sweeping it under the rug? I'll not hold my breath. Clearly they prefer the establishment, and WE THE PEOPLE are clearly SICK of the establishment in both parties.

    August 13, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. JWeilTwo

    Perry/Bachmann vs. Hillary/ and who?. Bible Belt/Pea Party vs. Experienced/Emerging Democrat.

    August 13, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. JH1

    Someone tell me how Paul keeps on consistently crushing every Republican / Conservative poll out there yet somehow every single MSM 'news' source consistently does their best to ignore him and his platform?

    August 13, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. jackie roberts

    At the Ames Iowa debate, Congresswoman Bachmann remained the little lady with a spine of titanium, whose unshakable principles supported her despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Demented Left blogosphere and the hostile media have done their utmost to bring her down to no avail. She has emerged unscathed, smiling triumphantly, seemingly frail but in fact fearless, and with an almost martial strength, by virtue of which she seems by herself a match for all her political foes–on the Right as well as the Left.

    August 13, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Chipster

    Bachmann complains about "socialist" government programs while applying for every free federal and state dollar she & hubby can get for foster children, employee training, farm subsidies, & patient payments. Paul complains that government is too intrusion on our liberty while advocating that government should dictate personal medical choices for women. Perry thinks we should elect a traitor who advocated secession from the United States! And Santorum's hypocrisy is two fold: he soaked the state of PA for cyber-school for his children when they didn't actually live in PA and he advocated cuts in medical malpractice law suits at the same time he & his wife were suing her doctor and purchasing a $500k+ Virginia home with the award they received!

    Great bunch of coconuts the GOP has delivered!

    August 13, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Name king

    Now I guess the whole repug party has gone lunatic. When the repugs win they will fire most of the government worker, and give the money to large corporations, hoping they will bring trillions of dollars back from over seas. They will ask the private sector to build our infrastructures which none of the average Americans can use because of the cost. They will get rid of the middle class to compete with china, we will bow down to corporate might and these gullible Americans will give up their self interest to make it happen, they thought they're having voters remorse for voting in the tea baggers. When these folks control the whole country, it will be Wisconsin times ten.

    August 13, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. The Unsub

    big deal, she's from Iowa! she is still loony as all get up!

    August 13, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Myron8160

    Let the games began

    August 13, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. Larry L

    Iowa is now in the category of Georgia, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Utah, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arizona. They clearly want a theocracy led by Bible-thumping bigots who hate science, labor unions, minorities, and non-Christians. They want "small government" but want control over a woman's uterus, the sexuality of people who have no impact on their lives, and they want no controls over the sales of firearms. They want to support the wealthy on the backs of the poor and to give corporations the power last seen in the facists countries of the pre-WWII era. Michelle Bachman and Rick Perry should be able to deliver that sort of government.

    August 13, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. Slightly left of center

    Shouldn't the headline read "Bachmann BUYS Iowa Straw Poll"? She got 4,823 votes, right? Didn't an earlier story say that her campaign bought and gave 4,000 tickets to her supporters?

    August 13, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, it how you get your people out there. Crazy people were out there in force I guess since Bachman and Paul did so well.

    August 13, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  18. Mike in SA

    I had read earlier that Bachmann had bused in and paid for entry for almost 4000 supporters (really? you can just buy a win like that?). 4,823 – 4,000 = only 823 votes that she didn't pay for.

    August 13, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Kelby

    The entire Republican party has gone bats#!t crazy. This is proof positive that the fringe element is now in control. Go Michele Bachmann!

    August 13, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. larry

    I'm not going to DIS Iowa but the people who are visiting this weekend must be highier then the cost of living

    August 14, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  21. fransho

    yes ' Michele Backmann was the winner ,however she BOUGHT 4 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FAIR TICKETS. to give away . Now that's a winner.

    August 14, 2011 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  22. Palin Power

    This is clear proof that white conservative women are superior to all men on this planet. White conservative women are at the very highest in the totem pole and pecking order for they are living embodiments of God Herself. They are the most supreme beings on this planet.

    August 14, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  23. Donkey Party

    Congratulations Iowa! You've just beaten SC as the stupidest state in America.

    August 14, 2011 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  24. mb2010a

    Wow...Perry got 718 out of 17,000. Perhaps he should reconsider...Bachman doesn't have a chance of beating Obama.

    August 14, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
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