Huntsman predicts straw poll winner
August 13th, 2011
03:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Huntsman predicts straw poll winner

Dover, New Hampshire (CNN) - Jon Huntsman predicted that Michele Bachmann would win Saturday's straw poll in Iowa, an organizing contest he chose to skip to focus his campaign on New Hampshire instead.

Huntsman told CNN he thinks Bachmann will win, Ron Paul will place second and Tim Pawlenty will come in third.

The former Utah governor, who most recently served as U.S. ambassador to China, was campaigning in New Hampshire as most of his rivals for the nomination were trying to persuade Iowans to support them in the straw poll.

Other candidates not participating in the straw poll are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Romney had a campaign stop in New Hampshire Friday night and Perry had an event planned Saturday evening in the state.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. FM

    Huntsman is wrong. He does not know people in Iowa. They always come with surprises. Myself I predict it will be Ron Paul who will image as the winner!

    August 13, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. RP supporter

    I think Ron Paul will come in first, I'm almost embarrassed Americans believe half the stuff coming out of Bachmann's mouth.

    August 13, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. dixon

    If Bachmann wins the staw poll in Iowa her next problem will be her migraine,complete lack of record as a Congresswoman and finally facing Obama in the general election. And any one picking her as a running mate will face the same problem John Mcain faced having Sarah Palin as a running.

    August 13, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. dixon

    These guys are just the same.Rick Perry's record as the Governor of Texas is no way different from George W Bush.When he comes to national stage it is not going to be the same ball game.His record at the state level should never be used as a barometer of what he would do at the national level.Let him tell us how he can turn the economy around without raising tax and without hurting the middle class.

    August 13, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    When it comes to rights, Republicans say corporations are people. But when it comes to the responsibilities of personhood – like paying taxes, being sued for negligence or criminal manslaughter, that sort of thing – their response is "Are you crazy? We're talking about corporations here, not people."

    August 13, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Timmy third?

    Huntsman is no soothsayer.

    August 13, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Oops, my bad, Huntsman nailed it!

    August 13, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Philojazz

    Excellent predictions, Mr Huntsman. Now, please tell us who will be the Republican Presidential and Vice Presidential Nominees, if you will, and save the GOP a ton of money, and the country a lot of boring TV.

    August 13, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    No offence to Huntsman, but what has he been smoking (or at least looking at)? There is no clear indication of this kind of win. No poll has Huntsman as this high. I wonder who he has been talking to that no one else knows.

    August 13, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    Wow, Huntsmann is good for ONE thing – he predicted right. He should take a shot at predicting his own future – And he 'sho enuf' did not predict where he would place – Almost LAST (LMAO)!! That's what he gets for going up against a man that hired him!!

    This Ticker is old – it's 8/14/2011 now!!!

    August 14, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |