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Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll As Expected
Associated Press/Peoplepc Online ^ | August 11, 2007 | Amy Lorentzen

Posted on 08/11/2007 7:40:59 PM PDT by Turret Gunner A20

AMES, Iowa - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won an easy and expected victory in a high-profile Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll on Saturday, claiming nearly twice as many votes as his nearest rival.

(Excerpt) Read more at home.peoplepc.com ...


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1 posted on 08/11/2007 7:41:01 PM PDT by Turret Gunner A20
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To: Turret Gunner A20

How did the MSM favorite McCain do?


2 posted on 08/11/2007 7:45:26 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Paladin2

McCain finished next-to-last.


3 posted on 08/11/2007 7:48:59 PM PDT by Josh Painter ( "This is our home and we get to decide who gets to come into our home." - Fred)
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To: Paladin2

He got 101 votes. I suspect I probably could have gotten 101 votes.


4 posted on 08/11/2007 7:49:45 PM PDT by mhx
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To: mhx

I figure that last-place finisher, John Cox, spent about 50 grand apiece for his 41 votes.


5 posted on 08/11/2007 7:54:18 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (When Romney got done in MA, there were more Green Party candidates than Republican candidates...)
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To: mhx

McCain is a looser, as in cannon.


6 posted on 08/11/2007 7:55:02 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: mhx

102. I’m for you!


7 posted on 08/11/2007 7:55:25 PM PDT by REDWOOD99
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To: xcamel

You’re sleeping on the job.


8 posted on 08/11/2007 7:58:14 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Paladin2

Ol’John got 101 votes,time for him to pack it in.


9 posted on 08/11/2007 7:59:11 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (If there's lead in the air,there's hope..)
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To: Turret Gunner A20

This “fundraiser” for the Iowa GOP netted them a cool $1 million. But, Romney, alone, spent $5 million so the State Party could make $1 million. What’s wrong with this picture?

Well, look at the bright side; it’s always good for the economy to get money into circulation.


10 posted on 08/11/2007 8:01:46 PM PDT by no dems (Dear God, how long are you going to let Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd and John Conyers live?)
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To: Paladin2
How did the MSM favorite McCain do?
He fought a hard battle against the FR favorite Duncan Hunter, but he just wasn't able to close the gap.
But at least both were able to edge out John Cox.

 
11 posted on 08/11/2007 8:02:24 PM PDT by counterpunch ("The Democrats are the party of slavery." - Cindy Sheehan)
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To: counterpunch

Was there a vote tally for Hunter? Did I miss it??


12 posted on 08/11/2007 8:06:50 PM PDT by Bubbette
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To: Bubbette

1. Gov Mitt Romney 4516 votes 31%.

2. Gov. Mike Huckabee 2587 votes 18.1%

3. Sen. Sam Brownback 2192 votes 15.3%

4. Tom Tancredo 1961 votes 13.7%

5. Ron Paul 1305 votes 9.1%

6. Tommy Thompson 1,009 votes 7.3%

7. Fred Thomson 231 votes

8. Rudy Giuliani 183 votes

9. Duncan Hunter 174 votes

10. John McCain 101 votes

11. John Cox 41 votes

Iowa state auditor David Vaudt unofficially certified the results.

14,203 ballots were cast.


13 posted on 08/11/2007 8:08:32 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: EternalVigilance

Interesting Ames facts:

Mitt romney spent more money than all of the other Iowa participants combined.

Number of votes cast at Ames in 2007: 14,302.

Number of votes cast at Ames in 1999: 23,685.


14 posted on 08/11/2007 8:08:40 PM PDT by Josh Painter ( "This is our home and we get to decide who gets to come into our home." - Fred)
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To: Bubbette
Duncan Hunter got 174 votes.

Results of Saturday's Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll.
Candidate Votes Percent
Mitt Romney 4,516 31.5
Mike Huckabee 2,587 18.1
Sam Brownback 2,192 15.3
Tom Tancredo 1,961 13.7
Ron Paul 1,305 9.1
Tommy Thompson 1,039 7.3
Fred Thompson 203 1.4
Rudy Giuliani 183 1.3
Duncan Hunter 174 1.2
John McCain 101 1.0
John Cox 41 less than 1

15 posted on 08/11/2007 8:14:06 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Sturm Ruger

It would be interesting to know how much Slick Willard actually spent per vote. No doubt it is astronomical, especially for an electorally meaningless straw vote.


16 posted on 08/11/2007 8:17:59 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (When Romney got done in MA, there were more Green Party candidates than Republican candidates...)
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To: iowamark

Morale victory for Tancredo.


17 posted on 08/11/2007 8:19:42 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Turret Gunner A20

Romney is a Mormon (like Reid) don’t cha’know.


18 posted on 08/11/2007 8:21:14 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Cry baby


19 posted on 08/11/2007 8:21:30 PM PDT by freeplancer
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To: Sturm Ruger

I was in the hall today.

One of the most notable things to me was the behavior of the Romney supporters in their yellow shirts.

Normally, a Republican crowd listening to a cast of candidates like this will applaud pretty vigorously on good applause lines even for candidates they’re not supporting. Or at least, clap politely.

I watched the Romney supporters in the stands, and they, en masse, overwhelmingly kept their hands firmly in their laps, even for things that should make any conservative, or any Republican, applaud.

You can draw your own conclusions about what that means. I know I have.


20 posted on 08/11/2007 8:23:22 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (When Romney got done in MA, there were more Green Party candidates than Republican candidates...)
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To: Paladin2
Romney is an American don’t cha’know.

The results speak well to me, anyway.

21 posted on 08/11/2007 8:27:13 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Sturm Ruger
Iowa pop est = 3,000,000. Straw poll meaningless (<50,000).
22 posted on 08/11/2007 8:29:08 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Turret Gunner A20

As one that hasn’t decided on a candidate yet, I don’t place much weight on the Iowa Caucus; however, I do hope that some of the field will be narrowed. I’ve lived in Iowa, and it’s all about money and organization when it comes to the straw poll. The GOP candidate basically buys the vote in Iowa. It’s completely different when it comes to the dems. The unions control the dems in Iowa along with the most radicalized group of people that you’ve ever seen. They could be a study in abnormal psychology.


23 posted on 08/11/2007 8:31:16 PM PDT by Ferox
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To: Turret Gunner A20

Who gets to vote in this meaningless poll?


24 posted on 08/11/2007 8:31:55 PM PDT by Perchant
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To: Paladin2

Yeah, it’s all meaningless. Hell, Romney didn’t do anything but throw money at a bunch of corn-shucking rubes too stupid to know any better.


25 posted on 08/11/2007 8:33:03 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: Turret Gunner A20

meaningless since Fred wasn’t there.


26 posted on 08/11/2007 8:34:31 PM PDT by balch3
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To: onedoug
I’m a strong supporter of Romney against any ‘rat. Romney has a strong track record as an executive (Bidness, olympics, guberner). He could be expected to govern as a representative of the governed (different from those of MA persuasion).
27 posted on 08/11/2007 8:38:06 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: JCEccles

Whoa! You, sir, are a sad case!


28 posted on 08/11/2007 8:42:27 PM PDT by REDWOOD99
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To: JCEccles

See #27


29 posted on 08/11/2007 8:43:20 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: deport

Poor showing for Rudy.


30 posted on 08/11/2007 9:00:38 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Paladin2

I do not think it is meaningless to be able to get 14,000 activists out and jazzed for Republicans. Does anyone know why they say attendance was 30,000 but only 14,000 voted? Please tell me where MCain and Rudy found audiences this size this weekend.


31 posted on 08/11/2007 9:11:22 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: ClaireSolt
Does anyone know why they say attendance was 30,000 but only 14,000 voted?

Bump that.

32 posted on 08/11/2007 9:24:53 PM PDT by Perchant
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To: Perchant

Only Iowans can vote. Attendance is allowed by anyone who wants to make the trek.


33 posted on 08/11/2007 9:30:09 PM PDT by byteback
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To: All
One observation:

It was a pleasure to just be able to listen to the candidates speak freely, so unlike the debates.

I am really getting tired of the CNN & MSNBC moderators cutting off the candidates when they’re saying something interesting. They even tried to cut off Romney’s Dr. Strangelove comment by interrupting, but it didn’t work.

Idea: Why couldn't the Republican debates be held at the straw poll and other Republican events?

Why not get a sharp conservative to moderate, somebody like John fund, or Rush, or even Hannity, have Fox News televise it, and deliver a true quality debate?

34 posted on 08/11/2007 9:35:56 PM PDT by msnpatriot (Free Republic is my 1st stop!....After that check out my 'Political Watercooler' on googlegroups...)
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To: Sturm Ruger

So Mitt spent a lot of money. That shouldn’t say he is the best qualified. Look at Hitlery.


35 posted on 08/11/2007 9:42:03 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: Turret Gunner A20

Rock on Mitt!


36 posted on 08/11/2007 10:03:26 PM PDT by Dragonspirit (We fight it out as good friends now, but in 2008 we UNITE against our enemy!)
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To: JCEccles

What kind of shucking takes place in your lofty abode?


37 posted on 08/11/2007 10:09:06 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: EternalVigilance
"Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll As Expected"

Expected by whom? Surely not by me! Interesting comments about the crowd EV. I'll keep your observation in mind when this poll is mentioned.

38 posted on 08/11/2007 10:10:48 PM PDT by holyscroller (A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him to the left)
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To: Turret Gunner A20
The whole event may be a "meaningless" fundraiser for the party, but if my state's party threw a big event of this kind and I could pay $35 to vote for the candidate of my choice, I'd go to the event, make the donation to the party, and cast a vote for my candidate. Whether he could win would be irrelevant. Whether he was campaigning would be irrelevant. I'd want to show that support for the party and my candidate. Obviously, there are only around 200 people in Iowa who feel that way about Rudy Giuliani and only 100 who feel that way about John McCain.

Bill

39 posted on 08/11/2007 10:15:55 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: no dems

If Romney spent only $5M in Iowa, for a presidential campaign that’s a bargain .. the Straw Poll effect carries into the IA caucuses, which start things rolling into the primaries. This straw poll is not insignificant to the candidates, and for a mere $5M, Romney bought lots of momentum.


40 posted on 08/11/2007 10:22:18 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA
I think Steve Forbes proved that money alone does not buy a presidential nomination. So what has Romney accomplished? I suppose many wondered whether main street Americans would vote for someone from Mass. This says that they will. Beyond that he has a tested system, now, and a bevy of workers. I wonder how many now go on to other states.

Put aside sour grapes and wonder. Why is it that some candidate like Duncan Hunter doesn't have smart money backing him. I don't know the answer to that. All I know is that his contacts in the defense industry in CA could fund one of these campaigns any day of the week that they chose to. So, I wonder. What do they know about him that I don't know?

41 posted on 08/11/2007 10:41:03 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: Turret Gunner A20
Mike Huckabee who had 2,587 votes, or 18.1 percent.

Does that move Mike up to the first tier of candidates.

42 posted on 08/11/2007 10:41:11 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: ClaireSolt
Does anyone know why they say attendance was 30,000 but only 14,000 voted?

The must have counted the presstitutes in attendance,

43 posted on 08/11/2007 10:45:46 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: Perchant

Heh. That’s what I want to know. Why in the heck is this supposed to be SO important?

MSM going nuts about it. Blah blah and blah.

Most people I know (sadly) don’t follow politics, and aren’t even thinking about the election at this point.

This is all just MSM hype.


44 posted on 08/11/2007 10:46:59 PM PDT by Shortstop7
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To: Turret Gunner A20

I’m sure the gays are happy, since he supports gay marriage. “It’s the American way.” < :P


45 posted on 08/11/2007 10:53:26 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (The Morlocks are above-ground now, and nobody seems to care.)
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To: JCEccles

” . . . a bunch of corn-shucking rubes too stupid to know any better.”

Be careful, Sir/Madame, that your eyes don’t permanently cross while looking down your nose at middle America. What’s next, coming up with some cute little barbs about southerners?


46 posted on 08/12/2007 4:53:51 AM PDT by rightazrain ("Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. " -- Ernest Hemingway)
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To: JCEccles

” . . . a bunch of corn-shucking rubes too stupid to know any better.”

Be careful, Sir/Madame, that your eyes don’t permanently cross while looking down your nose at middle America. What’s next, coming up with some cute little barbs about southerners?


47 posted on 08/12/2007 4:54:00 AM PDT by rightazrain ("Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. " -- Ernest Hemingway)
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To: ClaireSolt
I suppose many wondered whether main street Americans would vote for someone from Mass. This says that they will. Beyond that he has a tested system, now, and a bevy of workers. I wonder how many now go on to other states.

I think you hit the nail on the head. This shows Romney can win even at the grassroots conservative level, in what is a change from his usual 'big city republican' appeal in Massachutes. I think big money backers will see him and his organization as tested now, and provide heavier funding.

I think the issue with Hunter amongst the big money backers like you said the defense industry. It might be fear of what would happen with his get tough trade policies. Or it might simply be Duncan while great ideologically isn't that great organizationally.

48 posted on 08/12/2007 5:06:59 AM PDT by ran20
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To: EternalVigilance
Romney is a bigger danger to our Constitution than others.

In an interview with Phil Klein of the American Spectator during CPAC 2007, the following exchange took place:

PK: On gun control, I know you signed an assault weapons ban in Massachusetts in 2004, now I know you joined the NRA within the last year. Can you tell me if an assault weapons ban came up at the federal level, would you sign or veto that?

ROMNEY: Well, it depends on what it looked like, but…

PK: If it was something like the ‘94 bill…

ROMNEY: I have indicated that my position is the same as it has been which is I support the Second Amendment, but I also support (an) assault weapon ban, that’s why I signed a bill of that nature. That’s what I said back in ‘94. I’m in the same position that President Bush is. President Bush also says he supports the Second Amendment, but he would support an assault weapon ban. But the specifics of the particular ban are something that I’d have to look at, and it’s been a long time since we’ve looked at the particular types of weapons that might be involved. So my position is the same there as it has been before —

PK: But if the ‘94 one came up for vote again…

ROMNEY: Well obviously, we’ve learned some things since then. I haven’t seen the specific proposal at this stage and so I couldn’t comment on it until we had. We had an effort in Massachusetts on the part of some to ban 50 caliber rifles. I opposed that, indicated I would oppose that ban. You know, I think we have to be very careful in any way restricting Second Amendment rights. I support the Second Amendment. We’ve got a gun at our house, it’s owned by my son. I’ve hunted since I was a young man. I believe that people have the right to bear arms. But I also recognize that there’s some types of weapons that don’t need to be in the public’s hands, machine guns certainly, and I’d be open to consider appropriate kind of measures, but I’m not looking for blanket kind of prohibitions on people being able to have arms for their defense.

In Romney’s reply he states “I support the Second Amendment, but I also support (an) assault weapon ban” and “You know, I think we have to be very careful in any way restricting Second Amendment rights.

The Second Amendment: A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Bottom-line he does not support the Second Amendment, he is willing to infringe on the rights of the people of Massachusetts. He is fractionalizing the Second Amendment, saying “you can keep and bear arms, it is your right, but only those arms government allows.

Do you trust Romney with the U.S Constitution? I don’t!

49 posted on 08/12/2007 5:13:29 AM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: msnpatriot
The minimum qualification for any Republican to be President should be a refusal to participate in any debate where George Stepinitandstinkus is a "moderator".
50 posted on 08/12/2007 5:16:27 AM PDT by cgbg (Al Gore, Michael Moore--tax the ugly boors!)
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