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

    Wow. Ron Paul, you rock. The people are waking up, and realizing you are the candidate of choice.

    October 29, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Justin

    @RJWTimes, Bradford, England,

    "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."

    Ugh... only you if you can't tell. Who do you work for... CNN? Just be happy that someone who actually wants you to have freedom is capable of winning... be grateful we still have good people in this world.

    Ron Paul 2012! Judging from the straw polls all year, if he doesn't win then voting is definitely rigged.

    October 29, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. ngc1300

    Yeah, but will it play in Peoria?

    October 29, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Ray Ward

    I would never vote for Ron Paul, but he is the most consistent and by far, the least hypocritical of all of the comedic bunch of Republican candidates. When he states that he doesn't want Government controlling our lives, at least he means it in every aspect of our lives, not like the rest who want limited Government, but still want them to regulate our own values, by forcing their own Christian principles down our throats (and I am a Christian, but by choice), by actually increasing the role of Government in legislating morality. For that I do respect him, and for that, he will never win the Republican nomination.

    October 29, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Brian

    Mitt Romney = o% LMAO!

    October 29, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Colby

    I love it. Ron Paul 2012

    October 29, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Earle Belle

    “Republicans Could Nominate Ron Paul and Win”

    Writes Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post:

    One thing that could work against Romney, however, is the mounting evidence of Obama’s political vulnerability heading into 2012.

    “Electability is really beatability this year,” Republican pollster John McLaughlin said. “They all want to beat Barack Obama in the election, and right now they think all their major candidates can do that.”

    Mark McKinnon, who made ads for Bush’s presidential bids, put it even more succinctly: “If the economy stays the same or gets worse, Republicans could nominate Ron Paul and win.”

    October 29, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. nick

    Ron Paul is a RACIST

    October 29, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Jolene

    So awesome to hear! Go Ron Paul,this man is truly what we need.If I can't vote for him as President then i'm not voting for anyone else.I can't wait to see how other news media is gonna truthfully report his winning in Iowa,I bet they play it off as no big deal.

    October 29, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. The Winner

    Paul may get 84% of 404 (he doesn't need to pay anyone, to win) and that's thy he will DEFINITELY get numbers like that in the state primaries in ALL of them.

    Don't ya believe? Just wait till the elections.

    Ron Paul all the way!

    October 29, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Dixie Passion

    No One but Ron Paul 2012

    October 29, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Jason Holland

    Go get 'em Ron!

    October 29, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Doyle Jones

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing." (this is a commonly known quote and does not need to be cited)
    Is it coincidence that a current popular TV series is "The Good Wife" while RON PAUL, the "good man" is currently the rising star in U.S. politics?

    October 29, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. BlackDynamite

    I get the feeling they like Paul and Cain, and they might hate Romney.
    But I'm not quite sure.......

    paul is the best GOP candidate, but he has as much chance of winning the GOP as Snoop Dogg!

    He makes too much sense. It would never work.......

    October 29, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Bribarian

    Ron Paul is the last hope this country has left.

    October 29, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Mark

    These results speak for themselves. The movement is building and the numbers are growing! Ron Paul 2012!

    October 29, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Sighlent

    Thank you Iowa. Personally I believe there should be a one day national primary. All citizens of the United States should be given the opportunity to choose AMONGST the candidates rather than BETWEEN the candidates that have been selected by the media and early primary states. The current system perpetuates the two party system and limits the real choices to those who are supported by lobbyists and those with political influence.. The straw polls in Iowa give me hope that, finally, we the sheeple have found a voice.

    October 29, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. lora

    Like a Boss!

    October 29, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Clwyd

    so the people are as demented as the man with dementia!

    October 29, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Tom Tom

    I'm really impressed with the media; they can ignore someone so long, and think nobody knows about RON PAUL!

    But it's hard if someone wins with 82%, isn't it? Especially if a Cain wins with 20% in a previous poll and the entire US must know about it.

    October 29, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Mike

    This is big news. I'm so energized!

    October 29, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. willard

    Ron paul are great keep his job

    October 29, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. will

    I take ron paul anyday

    October 29, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. GL

    Ron Paul is a racist toward the civil right movement and will never get any minority voters. He will be so easy to beat in the general elections. Too many minority voters and not enough white nutty voters.

    October 29, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. foshizzle

    hell yeah

    October 29, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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