Ames Straw Poll Results – Updated

  1. Bachmann – 4823
  2. Paul – 4671
  3. Pawlenty – 2293
  4. Santorum – 1657
  5. Cain – 1456
  6. Romney – 567
  7. Gingrich – 385
  8. Huntsman – 69
  9. McCotter – 35

I found this complete list of the straw poll results with percentages, showing how close Bachmann and Paul were.

  1. 28.55% (4823 votes) – Michele Bachmann
  2. 27.65% (4671 votes) – Ron Paul
  3. 13.58% (2293 votes) – Tim Pawlenty
  4. 9.81% (1657 votes) – Rick Santorum
  5. 8.62% (1456 votes) – Herman Cain
  6. 4.25% (718 votes) – Rick Perry (write-in)
  7. 3.36% (567 votes) – Mitt Romney
  8. 2.28% (385 votes) – Newt Gingrich
  9. 0.41% (69 votes) – Jon Huntsman
  10. 0.21% (35 votes) – Thaddeus McCotter
  11. 0.96% (162 votes) – “Scattering”

To make things even more confusing, here is more on the subject:

The Iowa Straw Poll Mystery

Federal Jack
Aug 14, 2011

The official number of votes counted in the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll is 16,892. The general breakdown of the total is as follows:

4823 – Michelle Bachmann
4671 – Ron Paul
2293 – Pawlenty
1657 – Santorum
1456 – Cain
718 – Perry
567 – Romney
385 – Gingrich
69 – Huntsman
35 – McCotter

Ok, so let’s add up the votes (4823 + 4671 + 2293 + 1657 + 1456 + 718 + 567 + 385 + 69 +35 = 16,674). But wait a minute, the total votes counted were 16,892 right? So, of the total votes counted in the Iowa Straw Poll amounting to 16,892. The ten candidates listed above garnered 16,674. Well that leaves 218 votes unaccounted for.

So where did the remaining 218 votes go?

MSNBC has reported that the 218 is actually only 162 votes that are a “scattering” of ballots for candidates receiving less than one percent of the votes. Ok, fine, so who are these candidates? In addition, if as MSNBC is reporting it is only 162 and not 218, then where did the other 56 votes go? Hey! Let’s confuse the public even more!


Let’s move on shall we?

FOX News and most other news outlets seem to have solved this mystery. Instead of accuracy in reporting, they simply resort to saying, “Bachmann received 28 percent of the nearly 17,000 votes cast.” No need to count the votes, just say “nearly 17,000″.


To be very clear, Congressman Ron Paul and Senator Michele Bachmann only had 152 votes difference in the Straw Poll.

Bachmann wins by 152 votes, meanwhile 218 votes seem to be unaccounted for publicly. While I am sure there is a very good reason for the missing votes, this is precisely what causes distrust of government and the media.


0 thoughts on “Ames Straw Poll Results – Updated

  1. Are the people in Iowa really that stupid. I know ron did well. He only lost by 150 votes. But, really Michele Bachmann. Here in New Hampshire, Even the ignorant sheep, on just simple thinking. Know, she’s a fucking nut job. Now, the mainstream media will plaster her plastic face all over the country. Fucking great!

    1. 150 might as well 150,000 if the damn thing is rigged. The dumb broad even had air conditioned tents for crying out loud. Ron didn’t have that. Those little things make a big difference. Money, money money money. this women talks in sound bites. Nothing between the ears, relying on the big money to carry her through.

  2. This is GREAT NEWS. Ron Paul won the debate among normal people looking for honest leadership they can trust in. FOR THE FIRST TIME I believe Ron can WIN. I think his word is taking hold and he stands out from the crowd. I have’nt felt this confident and optimistic about our future in years. HENRY YOU WERE RIGHT!!! The country is ready, it’s going to happen. God Bless Ron Paul-He’s the one we have been waiting for! Finally there is hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you for your optimism! This straw poll is a bunch of shit and everyone here knows it!! Stay strong for Ron Paul… I will continue to fight the good figfht dammit!!

  3. Three million people live in Iowa, a lousy 17,000 voted. PATHETIC! Just goes to show you how nobody votes anymore.

  4. I had to turn off Meet the Press this morning, just couldn’t listen to the crap any longer. Saying Bachman won the straw poll by a large amount, never mentioning the fact that Ron Paul came in second by 150 votes. Totally leaving Ron Paul’s name out of the major contenders, concentrating only on Bachman, Pawlenty, and Perry. However, I will have to mention that his name did come up, not as a major contender but as an irritation to the nomination process. I guess it’s time for all of us to become irritations to the process. I can’t provide monetary support, but I can sure get the word out about who the real contender is and how this country can be saved.

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