Rep. Michele Bachmann won the Ames straw poll today, but only by 152 votes over fellow Rep. Ron Paul.The Ames Straw Poll, says Mike Huckabee, is the “most important meaningless event in American politics.” Never have so few generated so much hoopla from so many, except possibly the more than 800 voters who wrote in Rick Perry’s name today.
Tim Pawlenty came in third with only about half the votes of Paul. Rick Santorum was fourth followed by Herman Cain (scroll down for vote totals).
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who wasn't on the Ames ballot and declared his candidacy only this afternoon in Charleston, S.C., before conservative writers, pulled something of an upset.
|6||Rick Perry (write-in)||718||4.3%|
Ames Straw Poll doesn't mean much, but as of right now, it means a world to Michele Bachmann. She actually put effort into winning the Straw Poll; she repeatedly mentioned it in the debates as well as throughout the campaign. Not to mentioned the fact that she's a Iowa native - which also played into her advantage - and accordingly, results paid off. What if it were to be otherwise? What if she came in third or forth? Of course this poll doesn't mean much, but coming behind the likes of Santorum and Cain would definitely put her fundraising machine out of gas.
Michele Bachmann now has new tool to prove that fact that she's a legitimate candidate, and could urge previously unconvinced Republicans to take her seriously. As far as defeating President Obama in 2012 general election, well that's another thing. This is the Republican primary, and getting the nomination is what's on everybody's mind. So, congratulations to Michele Bachmann, and in fact, Obama'12 Blog and fellow Obama supporters would warmly welcome you as the presumtive Republican nominiee to face President Obama in 2012, because the hard truth is, you are also the most dumbest, ignorant and idiotic candidate among all the declared Republicans, thus the easiest to beat in 2012 general election ( considering Palin wouldn't jump into the race ). So, once again, congratulations! Go home and have fun. We know we will!