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. Audi

    Remember when Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll? It was headline prime time news and launched his campaign in to the stratosphere. I fully expect the "Fair and Balanced" corporate news media to do the same with this win for Paul.

    October 30, 2011 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  2. Tim

    Maybe RJWTimes should go back to Bradford, England,and worry about his elections there. No offense but nation building is what tanked your government too.

    October 30, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |

    Rube straw polls are the only things that the 6 percent man will win. These hobbits picked Bachmann too. Look at her status.

    October 30, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  4. Marry

    …before you get to excited about Dr. Ron Paul do a little research. You really think you can solve the problems of today by taking the country way back to 1800? Come on….

    October 30, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  5. Keith

    What the article doesn't mention is that it cost $20 to get into the event and Ron Paul bought lots of tickets and "sold" them to his supporters for half-price... subsidizing their entrance and buying their votes. Hermain Cain also bought tickets for his supporters in advance but asked them to pay the full price (cheapskate) and it's been reported that he ended up holding a whole bunch. Either way this poll is a farce.

    October 30, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  6. Joe Plascencia

    Ron Paul will be the next President of the United States of America.

    On the day he is inaugurated the world will breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we have elected a true peacemaker and statesman.

    October 30, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  7. Indy

    Ron Paul is a straight forward candidate that does not flip flop and I quite enjoy it when he speaks, and when given the chance to speak he kicks butt in all of the debates. There is a huge difference between him and Flip Romney and Rick Perry who are just obsessed with becoming President for the power, Ron Paul actually has solid ideals and wants to help the country. Ron Paul is unique and his own man and Perry and Romney answer to a big machine and look for the popular answers to any questions, Ron Paul just answers with honesty

    October 30, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  8. josh

    yay!!!!! another victory for liberty! ron paul 2012!!

    October 30, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. Dave - Phx

    Ron Paul is crazy.

    October 30, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. Anonymous


    Of course this has to be a huge mistake ;-()


    October 30, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  11. Hola

    Ron Paul is a LUNATIC! An ANARCHIST cloaked in a libertarian label! He would DESTROY this country if elected!

    October 30, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. madcow11

    This guy Ron Paul is an idiot wanting to put us into some sort of 1700's fantasy world. He has no understanding of economics and a pitiful understanding of history. The fact that he is even being considered for any nationally elected office is a disgraceful reflection of the degradation of our educational system.

    October 30, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  13. wmfmgf

    82% !!!!!! It's getting hard to ignore Ron now. 1% for that plastic POS*it Romney. Wow, I'm proud of americans in Iowa. 82% = EPIC WIN. Romney = Epic fail

    October 30, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  14. snaporaz

    Great news! First, Donald Trump quits, Then, Sarah Palin decides not to run. With Bachmann and Perry sinking fast, the GOP Primaries were in danger of becoming a standard political event, rather than the freak show we've been enjoying. With Ron Paul's big win, the entertainment value of GOP politics remains high.

    October 30, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  15. awaker

    What a joke, Pual is what's wrong with Washington, thirty years of free ride. Give us our money back for thirty years of nothing. He might as well be on welfare, living off of our tax money is all the same.

    October 30, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  16. Anonymous

    How much longer are they going to be able to ignore Ron Paul?

    October 30, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  17. Peace

    Ron Paul and his supporters are very funny individuals. They do the same thing every election cycle but never end anywhere. Whats use?

    October 30, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  18. Peter

    Once again, the media ignores Ron Paul. Oh, wait a minute.....

    October 30, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  19. Tim M

    RJWTimes, Bradford, England, Said:

    "Ron Paul should draw his campaign to a close. Dennis Kusinich, dream on, anyway he is obsessed with the deficit and should quit now as he is boring everyone."

    Hmmm not sure why someone from England should even care, but why should we be obsessed with that pesky debt? Maybe because it's driving our way of life into the ground, or through the use of fiat currency, debasing the dollar.

    Nah – we should care more about who has the nicest hair, or who looks 'presidential'....Not me, not this time.

    Ron Paul 2012.

    October 30, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  20. Mike

    There goes Ron Paul. Making me proud. –Supporter since 2007.

    October 30, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  21. thaguysaasdfkaj

    I'm Okay with this

    October 30, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. Casey Jones

    Way to go Dr. Paul!! Looked on Fox News and there is no mention of this. Funny how the so called conservative news network ignores him and one of the most liberal leaning networks does not. Thanks CNN for actually reporting on Dr. Paul. WAKE UP AMERICA! Ron Paul 2012!!

    October 30, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. Saboth

    That's incredible! Not that RP won the Straw Poll (because he's done extremely well in many of them now), but that CNN decided to even mention it!

    I've said it before..Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate I'd consider. Otherwise, I'm going with Obama again.

    October 30, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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