Iowa Straw Poll 2011
August 14, 2011 by USA Post
U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the winner of Iowa Straw Poll yesterday, will meet Texas Governor Rick Perry, who announced his candidacy just hours before his victory at a Republican fundraiser in his hometown Waterloo, Iowa.
“It’s like the shootout at OK Corral,” said Representative Steve King, an Iowa Republican who is an ally in Congress Bachmann and popular with activists of the Tea Party.
The speech in Waterloo will feature two candidates who use Tea Party and similar socially conservative voters in Iowa – the state that will host the first appointment to the voters early next year – and of the Party Republican elsewhere.
Securing the voters will be crucial to winning the Iowa caucuses, scheduled for February 6, and accelerates to fight the former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who leads in national polls and fundraising among Republicans.
“We must win the caucus here,” Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins said. “We will work very, very hard here.”
While Bachmann, 55, and several other Republican candidates made their final push before the vote straw poll in Ames, Iowa, across the country, Perry, 61, made its debut with a speech in South Carolina.
“We can not afford four more years of rudderless leadership,” said Perry. “Insatiable desire to Washington to pass the legacy of our children on the stimulus failed us and gave us record debt left too many Americans unemployed. ”
Perry arrives today in Iowa after a stop in New Hampshire, where the first nation primary will follow the caucus next year.
Bachmann won the white vote with 29 percent of the vote. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, a libertarian Republican trend, won second with 28 percent, while former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was third, far behind with 14 percent.
“This is the first step towards taking the White House in 2012,” Bachmann told supporters standing outside his campaign bus after his victory. “It was a wonderful interim decision of the hinterland “.
By learning his victory, Bachmann broke into tears and hugged her husband, Marcus, that the bus driver began honking the horn, according to spokeswoman Alice Stewart.
“She was very moved, very touched and grateful,” Marcus Bachmann said in a brief interview. “We held each other for a long time.”
Bachmann win solidified standing in the top tier for the 2012 Republican nomination.
“This is a great encouragement to her,” the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who finished second in the 2007 survey of straw, told reporters. Showing Huckabee gave him momentum that helped him win the Iowa caucuses in early 2008.
“Whoever wins or comes second, they get gas for their fire,” he said. “He who has not, they get water for their own.”
Bachmann and Paul combined with more than 50 percent of the vote straw poll showing Pawlenty was a blow to his presidential hopes.
Like Bachmann, Pawlenty has focused his campaign on the Iowa caucus and sees winning as the best way to propel his candidacy. The survey results show that straw Bachmann efforts have been more successful than his.
“We have made progress in moving from the back of the pack in a competitive position for the caucus, but we still have much work to do,” Pawlenty said in a statement. “It’s a long process to restore America – we are just beginning, and I’m looking forward to a great campaign. ”
Pawlenty and his assistants at the top left of the straw poll before the votes were announced, leaving behind an empty tent and volunteers pack the folding chairs.
Paul, 75, has benefited from committed supporters to set fiscal policy, which calls for a return to tie the dollar to gold, and a non-interventionist foreign policy that is the foundation of his opposition to U.S. intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
“We are in wars that cost billions of dollars between us,” he said in a speech at the straw poll yesterday before the vote. “Those trillions of dollars have been left in the economy to create jobs. ”
While previous winners have not always white vote went to win the Iowa caucuses and gain the Republican nomination, the contest has a record of weeding candidates who fail to finish near the top.
Republican activists, donors and political consultants use the survey to assess the political prospects of candidates. A victory often means an influx of new talents and popular support, while a poor performance, but can all end a candidacy.
Romney did not actively compete in the straw poll, even if his name was on the ballot.
Write-ins were also permitted, and Perry was ahead of Romney, 4-3 percent. Their projections Perry placed sixth and seventh Romney.
Finishing in fourth place was former Senator Rick Santorum, with 10 percent of the vote.
“Hopefully, with this finish, people will start listening to what we have to say and put us out there with everyone instead of burying people below us in below polls, “said Santorum.
In fifth was former Godfather Pizza Inc. executive Herman Cain, at 9 percent.
Completing the field were former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, of Georgia, with 2 percent, and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. and Representative Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, each received less than 1 percent.
Overall, 16,892 ballots were cast in the straw poll, against about 14,000 four years ago.
Bachmann was $ 4823, while 4671 and 2293 Paul was Pawlenty.
Bachmann said Huckabee should not be underestimated at the national level.
“Michele is really a very articulate candidate,” he said. “She is strong. She is not afraid of people. And is very disciplined, even when people throw things right at her face, she is in the batter’s box and did not flinch. ”
Attendance at the polls straw that doubles as a fundraiser for the state Republican Party needed a ticket and 30. Better-funded candidates often pick up this cost and provide bus rides to the place, with food and entertainment. A ballot spot was secured by the rental of space on the site poll or placement by the State party.
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who is also chair of the Democratic National Committee, said that all Republican candidates took positions that alienate the independent voters in the general election, as they work to earn a greater share of the Republican base.
“They are taking and staking the same place on the deep right wing,” she told reporters. “The contrast will be dramatic.”
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