U.S. Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann narrowly edges Ron Paul in Ames Straw Poll
Monday, August 15, 2011
Representative of Minnesota narrowly defeated fellow Representative Ron Paul of Texas to win the nonbinding on Saturday. The poll, held every four years in , Iowa is used as a gauge of candidate viability several months ahead of the first-in-the-nation . This year, nine candidates were listed on the ballot.
Bachmann, the first woman to ever win the poll, waged a high visibility campaign that benefited from persistent media coverage to win 4,823 of the 16,892 votes cast. Following the victory, she remarked to her supporters that "You have just sent a message that Barack Obama will be a one-term president."
Paul, who tripled his support from the 2007 poll with 4,671 votes, took advantage of an enthusiastic grassroots following. His campaign manager commented that the result proves he "is moving into the first tier" of candidates.
Former Minnesota governor, whose traditional ground-campaign approach did not work as effectively as expected, came in a disappointing third place with 2,293 votes. felt the showing "may spell the end of his campaign", but Pawlenty argued that the campaign is "just beginning." He later withdrew from the race.
The fourth place finish of former Senatorof Pennsylvania was seen as a "moral victory" for the candidate since he did not receive as much media coverage as the others, and did not spend as much cash. He vowed to remain in the race, stating "We have a caucus strategy, not a straw poll strategy...I don’t think there is any question that what we did here today shows that we are building a base of support in Iowa."
Surprisingly, Texas governor Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who was on the ballot but did not actively pursue the victory. He won the 2007 poll, but came in second to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in the Iowa caucuses., who entered the race on the same day as the poll, was not on the ballot but was still able to garner 718 write-in votes. That put him ahead of the Republican frontrunner, former
Representative Michigan, who paid $18,000 for campaign space, came in last place with 35 votes.of
Results table 
- Jennifer Rubin. "Pawlenty departs the 2012 presidential race" — , August 14, 2011
- James Oliphant. "Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll as Perry looms" — , August 13, 2011
- James Oliphant. "Ames Straw Poll: Final results" — , August 13, 2011
- "Michele Bachmann wins Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty gets third" — , August 13, 2011
- William Petroski. "Rick Santorum, elated with results, vows to remain in race" — , August 13, 2011