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. WeRpawns

    I love it, I love it, I love it!

    October 29, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. njp289

    This is pretty exciting, I hope this begins a trend

    October 29, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Charlie Baxter

    First they ignore you,
    Then they laugh at you,
    Then they fight you,
    Then you win!


    October 29, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Richard

    Proof that the peoples front runner is Ron Paul. Say what you want media the people are waking up and we wont be stopped. Ron Paul 2012!!

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

    Finally, what I have seen in comments shows at CNN. Ron Paul is the only one that talks real issues and the ONLY one that can beat Obama.

    October 29, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Razorbath

    @GOP = Greed Over People
    "Paul may get 84% of 404(assuming he did not bus 'em in and pay their way a.k.a Bachmann) but he will NEVER get numbers like that in the state primaries ANY of them."

    What are you so afraid of? Never say never?

    October 29, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Zack

    This proves Iowans are smarter then the rest of the country

    October 29, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. José Mora

    Every candidate had the SAME opportunity, but not the same support. Go Ron Paul!!!

    October 29, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. pmk1953

    Wow. 353 votes out of 430! ASTRONOMICAL!! Get a life! There were only five hundred some odd votes total. Most were Paul supporters. Gather up a representative group of REAL people instead of the whackjobs that show up for these B.S. things.

    October 29, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Rey

    Impressive showing by Ron Paul. Not so much for Romney, looks like he got 1 vote out of 500.

    October 29, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Lenmsith

    What a waste of time and money. Straw polls are meaningless. And, anyone who would back Paul and put us back in the 1920s needs to wonder, why.

    October 29, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Go Ron

    I love it. He will not be silenced despite America 's fixation with a great personality and treating this like a football game.

    October 29, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. destiny

    Ron Paul is the Hottest Man in America!

    October 29, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. AlexVW

    Paul BLAZED this one!! RP 2012

    October 29, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Travis

    Believe it or not.... we did not get bussed in to the event ! i was up at 5am this morning and made the drive from Sioux City, Iowa ... which was not that bad, ... it gave us some time to ponder thoughts like why is it possible for anyone to consider any other candidate in this race,.. we quickly came the conclusion that the main stream media does not want a candidate to solve the problems because then they would not have anything to complain about on their "news" broadcasts.... its job security for them !

    October 29, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Aki

    An impressive win, Ron. Maybe the Republican party will return to actually wanting limited government like its early days soon. (At least there would be some real differences between the two parties then!)

    October 29, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Jack_of_Arts

    In my mind, straw polls don't mean jack! If Paul wins caucuses, then I will pay attention more closely than I am now. Until then, let the mudslinging continue among the primitives.

    October 29, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Suzanne

    I wish I could have been there to cast my vote for Ron Paul today. All 10 of my voting age family members will vote only for Ron Paul in the 2012 elections, but we couldn't be there this weekend to cast our votes. I hope the Republican Party will wake up to the fact that they are going to lose a large percentage of people if they don't endorse Ron Paul.

    October 29, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Todd

    Sure these straw polls aren't too accurate, but 82% is absurd. Also worth noting is the complete lack of support for Romney. No one is passionate about him.

    October 29, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. kyle

    way to go ron!!! RON PAUL 2012!!
    from alton IL

    October 29, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Cody

    We're with ya Dr. Paul!!! Keep doing what your doing. It WILL continue to break through.

    October 29, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Tough USA

    Those 82% must be crazy. Crazy about Uncle Ron. Awesome news.

    October 29, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Obomneycare

    The best thing was 0 votes for Romney! Nobody supports that liberal except the media. Ron Paul 2012 for REAL hope and change and a small government.

    October 29, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Thaddeus S. Kaczor, Jr.

    Thank you for covering this impressive win, CNN. FOX News ignored this TOTALLY! Instead, choosing to devote fawning coverage to Cain's 'significant' win in Alabama, which holds the 23rd primary in the nation!

    October 29, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. Jon

    Well when Herman Cain wins a WSJ journal poll with 90 votes out of 300... That`s something to get excited about. But straw polls with 400 or over are dismissed??

    October 29, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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