Ron Paul wins both tallies at GOP straw poll in Iowa
October 29th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
11 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.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. Tough USA

    This is a Key State. Media has alot of explaining to do do. (Little Bo Peep is losing her sheep)
    Ron Paul's Revolution will Restore America. We Love you man !!!

    October 29, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Flo Hoffman

    Well looks like Ron Paul is winning and the mainstream media is losing. Half the country know knows how bad our media is. How twisted and manipulated. I have a lot of respect for Jack Cafferty. Other than him the media just boils my blood. Entertainment at it's worst.

    October 29, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. Mr. Green

    Ron Paul supporters are such dopes. The guy buses people in from everywhere to win these meaningless straw polls, and his supporters flood the message boards to proclaim him 'the real deal' and 'the next President' and other such nonsense. Truth is, the guy has never won a caucus or a primary; he's never even come close to winning one. He's not going to win one in 2012, either. He's a cartoon character, not a real candidate. You people who flood these boards need to get lives.

    October 29, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. jeff kelly

    Ron Paul the peoples champion, the day is approaching when we the people will take our country back from the One Percent, the Ninty Nine are marching to victory with Ron Paul as our Leader! Sound money, prosperity, and the restoration of Liberty for ALL! Ron Paul 2012!

    October 29, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |

    While straw polls mean very little, it's always the choice of the media to either promote the results and project a candidate into the mainstream (as they did with Cain), or minimize the results and sweep it under the rug (as they do with Paul).

    Fortunately, the main stream media is going the way of the dodo, and other people will step up and report the truth.

    This will make a nice blog subject for next week.

    October 29, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Kent Bowen

    531 total votes. I'm impressed.

    October 29, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Josh

    LOL @ 82%!
    Rawr, establishment; rawr.
    Ron Paul 2012!

    October 29, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. dobelin

    i was wonder how much hi paid for those guys to put those comments here or it is just one people changing names because hi is a lost cause

    October 29, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Sarah

    Come on, Iowa...we need you 🙂

    October 29, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Priya86

    Come on Ron! Every day I see more and more signs for Ron Paul 2012! It gives me hope that the voters are waking up. Hopefully the media will wake up too.

    October 29, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. H1

    What happened to the "Top Tier" LOLZ

    October 29, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. Bill D

    Will the mainstream media guard dogs on television report this and cover it fairly? Probably not. Will they hype it up like anytime another candidate wins a straw poll? Definitely not.

    October 29, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Chris Meece

    Once again the Paulbots bus in a ton of supporters to skew the results. I saw this personally at CPAC and even work with an individual that states that is what their intentions are. He is a big Paul supporter and has participated in numerous bus ins. As much as Obama is killing our economy, I would take him any day over Ron Paul. Ron Paul is a anti-semitic kook who is further left than John Kerry when it comes to foreign policy.

    October 29, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Captain America

    Congratz Dr. Paul, thats huge! hard for anyone to bash him with a landslide win like that. and keep in mind, Iowa is a long rooted conservative state, thats saying something. Keep up Paul.

    October 29, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Liberty

    Finally, a unmanipulated poll that shows that the majority of people believe in Ron Pauls messages. He not only has a tax plan but, he has many other solutions for fixing this devastating economy.

    GREAT JOB RON PAUL!!! Continue getting your message out to the voters and you will win.

    October 29, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. jimbo

    Now will the Republicans take him seriously? Or will they still settle for the other bozos? Ron Paul stands head and shoulders above the rest, intellectually, honestly, and not afraid to tell it like it is.

    October 29, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  17. Rhett Roberts

    Dr. Ron Paul will be President Ron Paul. The news media will cry. The american people will win! Freedom will prevail. Audit the fed, Kill the debit. Go go go President Ron Paul. Stop all wars, bring our solders home. FREEDOM~!

    October 29, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. demetri

    Has anyone really given any thought to some of things Ron Paul is proposing? If this was maybe 100 years ago, then ok, yeah some of his ideas would fit but not today. They are grand and appealing but not realistic. He is nice, but he is removed from reality in terms of how the government works not only domestically but also on the international level.

    October 29, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. MikeT

    YAY! Ron Paul got the bulk of 531 votes! YAY! Unfortunately, the other 150,000,000 voters are going to vote for someone else. Sorry.

    October 29, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. NudeTruth

    Way to go Doc! You are the true peoples choice!

    October 29, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. James Hartzog

    Lets see, the straw polls that are tallied in public veiw are considered null and void but the ones done behind closed doors are the ones that count. I see a trend here, anyone else besides me smell something fishy? We need to demand paper record of our votes because I feel there will be voter fraud going on this primary. Diebold makes the voting machines and they make ATM's. If you can get a receipt from a ATM why not when you vote?

    October 29, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. Will


    October 29, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. Robert

    Its great that Ron Paul won with 82% but it would be a shocker if the NFRA National Federation of Republican Assemblies officially endorse him but they will probably pick Herman Cain 14.7% over him or even Rick Perry 0.5% its a shame but I wish they go by their own poll and publicly endorse Dr. Paul

    October 29, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |

    This is absolutely, 100% irrelevant. The real GOP heavies do not want Ron Paul to be the nominee, and so it's not going to happen. Let's just see if the will of GOP voters can overcome Murdoch and the Koch brothers. My guess is they won't.

    October 29, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. RayJacksonMS

    First Bachmann and now Paul. It's like Iowa is filled with nothing but tards.

    October 29, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
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