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Iowa Straw Poll: Ron Paul Statistical Tie for First

Video of Ron Paul's speech at 1:15pm CT

  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" (votes for people not on the ballot who got less than 1%)

(16,892 votes total minus the above summed still leaves 56)

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Ron Paul mentioned twice in Reuters New Iowa Straw Poll report.

The top front page story running now headlines Misses B's win. The story continues by clicking the title. Ron Paul is mentioned twice as coming in second. By clicking "video" you can see 5 seconds of a distant clip of Ron Paul speaking on stage & one more reference to second place.

The good news is that Ron Paul was credited for his close finish... 1% shy of victory.

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Close contest, we just got outprayed.

Our prayer thread should have been front paged...

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Its part of our curse for not

Its part of our curse for not supporting Israel.

A little humor

I saw the -1 for this comment and felt it deserved to at least be bumped back to neutral for the sake of those who don't know the reference. :-D Go to http://www.checkoutronpaul.com and look at Michele Bachmann's positions on Israel.

Oh, and for what it's worth, Ron Paul's position is by far the most sympathetic to Israel. This I say proudly as a Messianic Jew.

Michael Nystrom's fists can punch through FUD.

Stop praying

And get more people to vote. Would have been more effective.

No doubt!

Outprayed? WTF? Because apparently some people think sitting idle and praying casts votes and makes those who count the votes honest.

edit: Sorry. I guess I missed the sarcasm.

What the ...

What the f**k does "Scattering" mean!!! And notice that the value of "scattering" is almost the exact amount that Bachmann beat Dr. Paul! I call B.S.!

Do you think those snakes care about getting caught defrauding

Ron Paul..all the lies from the media, distortions, etc..What do they care..They will sacrifice any of their minions to destroy our momentum..Well Guess What, They just anger us all and make us even more determined to defeat them...

Were are going to stream roll Ron Paul into the white House..

I have declared War against the Devil and his deciples and that goes for those lying snakes in the media. I have zero respect for the lot of them. Paid hacks for the NWO..

..And Frank Luntz, my message to you is get aquainted with soap and water and get rid of that aweful hair piece.

When I see Hannity and Luntz in the snow again, I'm gonna give them a 90 mile an hour fastball right in the kisser!

Yea, about a hour ago it hit me like a ton of bricks...what if..

scattering means stealing votes from Ron Paul...Exactly!

Media and Rick Perry

Dr. Paul will, as usual have to work against his greatest enemy, the media. Rick perry will be their darling till the election. They will make him like they made Obama. We will win ultimately.

We have to HIT THE RHINOS where they need to be hit....


"If you vote for Rick Perry, you will be voting for more BIG BANKSTER FAVORS. Rick Perry is a member of the world rich elite club, the Bilderbergers".

"If you vote for Rick Perry OR Michelle Bachmann, your tax dollars will continue supporting the military in Germany and Japan & all NON-threatening countries"

BOTH are in bed with the Military Elite. BOTH take huge campaign contributions from Corporations. BOTH are compromised.

((((or something like this))))

The Continental Army is growing more recruits because our

cause is great, it is right and it is true..

We have the man, the cause and the people and the people are sick and tired of what they are getting.

So true, Devilsadvocate

That is how politics works..You either blow up (crash & Burn) or you surge upward like a skyrocket...The Ron Paul Army is growing and we are going to have Liberty some day.

"The Revolution Continues!"

***Remember, Never let it be said that we did nothing, that no one cared." ~ Ron Paul ***

Thank you so much Michael!!

Your are the man!!

Second place is actually better than first

Bachmann will self destruct eventually, she is virtually unelectable with the majority of independents.

And as Romney will soon learn, the important thing for a campaign is not being in first place, the important thing is FORWARD MOMENTUM! Ron Paul is still flying below the radar, but when he finally surges to the lead, his momentum will take the country by storm!

Challenge everything and the path will be clear.

Well said...

I think 2nd place in this straw poll is PERFECT. That way they are FORCED to say it is relevant (because Bachman won).

Think about it if Ron Paul won they would have spent the next week explaining about how strawpolls are no longer relevant, they would have done pieces on how he "BUSED PEOPLE IN" and "PAID FOR THEIR TICKETS" Something that MOST candidates do but they wouldn't have focused on that they would have spun it as if he was doing something "RADICAL"

So second place is perfect, and 2nd by 1% is even better!

I think we as RP supporters can be happy and proud of what has just taken place.

oh and don't expect the MSM to let up on 'dirty tactics'

-yes they are going to paint Rick Perry as the next 'greatest thing
-yes they are going to continue to focus on the topics that tend to turn people off of ron paul (legalizing drugs)
-yes they are going to do things like over look him as a 'viable candidate'

that's all the more reason we need to get out there and spread the word about RON PAUL.

I'm looking forward to the next clever OUT OF THE BOX idea that this grassroots MOVEMENT is going to come up with.

Be positive and lets move forward!


Ron Paul About 194,000,000 results (0.10 seconds)

Michele Bachmann About 238,000,000 results (0.08 seconds)

Rick Perry About 329,000,000 results (0.09 seconds)

Mitt Romney About 1,190,000 results (0.07 seconds) He's Done!

Google Trends:
Michele Bachmann #1 A flash in the pan spike.

Ron Paul....... #3 More volume under the curve. More sustained search volume.

No others in the top 10.

I was shocked as well...Frankly , I'm Sick to my stomach..

Ron Paul worked his tail off and so did we...I hate to lose! That is the Athlete in me...I hate to lose..DAMN IT!

I hurt for Ron Paul and I know many of you thought he was going to defeat that Neocon..She's damn lucky she was a "Native Son" or a Native Daughter as it were..

HOWEVER, the bright side says Ron Paul will be a front runner in New Hampshire, since Romney blew up today..

In New Hampshire, they will reject Bachmann and rally around "Uncle Ronnie"....Believe me...This is just the beginning..

I'm suffering much though...I'll feel better tomorrow..

I was shocked!

I was shocked when I saw on CSPAN how they announced it. The guy looks a little shell shocked or something. He gives the total votes cast and then says Bachmann won with no numbers, and walks off stage. Everyone left in the coliseum is milling around like "what the hell just happened" ( I know that's how I felt) and then the video screen onstage shows numbers. The first run has all but Ron Paul's and Bachmanns' numbers and then eventually their numbers show as they keep re-scrolling. After all that money injected into Ames and all the media attention and hype, and that's all we get is a terse one minute announcement, not even mentioning how close Ron Paul was to Bachmann, or thanking the crowd and the candidates for showing up and making it all such a big, money-making success?

I don't seem to hear much consensus on my gut instinct, but I am having a hard time believing that this is 100% legit. I read on DP earlier in the day that Bachmann had a bus show up with 5 people on it, and Ron's bus with 35. I assumed this was from an eyewitness report and while it may not have been the final tally, it seemed to indicate that she was not placing that well. The photo of his speech outside to the crowd seemed to indicate a fairly large audience. Mitt, "the clear front-runner in the race" showed his true support in the numbers as well as everyone else.
Everyone I talk to today who are not really Ron Paul fans say they can't stand Bachmann. So, what gives?

You can see they are in a statistical tie and a mysterious category shows .96% under "scattering". Was that an announced category? Is it under the "write-in" option I read about? Why change the name? If you add the numbers, adding "scattering" to Ron Paul's score, he would have won by 10 votes I believe. Now, maybe I am just a typical conspiracy nut who tends to think these people will stop at nothing to cheat their way to victory, seeing how that's pretty much what I saw the last go round in 07'. Maybe they had Ron Paul people on the ground making sure the vote was legit, I don't know. All I'm saying is my gut is telling me there is more to this story than we are hearing and we may not get to know the truth, since Ron would not play the spoil sport unless he knew he was right and could prove it.
So, just adding my two cents worth, and it's only instinct, not bona fide truth. And even if he only won with a close margin, it wouldn't change the fact that he did excellent and is in great position to move forward. There is plenty of time for the self-serving status quo candidates to put both their feet in their mouths over the next couple months, not to mention the economy tanking even worse and God knows what else will happen that will bring people into Ron's camp.

Think of it this way, Bachmann will be the target for everyone.

Since she won, she is now more of a target for the media and other candidates to attack.

But your analysis could be true, the thing is, any cheating may backfire on the cheaters.

I thought it was strange as

I thought it was strange as well. What was done last time around? Is it normal for them only to announce the first place winner? My gut feeling while watching was that they didn't want to give Ron Paul his due so they stuck with only announcing first. It seemed very abrupt and even the Fox News people were wondering what was going on.

This has to be

the highest number of comments such a young Daily Paul thread has ever had.

Defend Liberty!


to everyone that made our "win" possible today.

After Straw Poll Surge in Google Hits...

Ron Paul About 80,000,000 results (0.08 seconds)

WOOHOOO!!! Google Trends: #3 Ron Paul 2012(!!!)

Just checked a minute ago...

Folks all over are checking the Good Doctor out!!!

Ron Paul won.

I am a conspiracy theorist. I LOVE conspiracy theories. When MSM and education won't tell the truth or give ALL the facts so a person can be informed and make use of extra brain cells, rather than burn them up on alcohol and drugs, I'd rather conspiracy theory. It's addictive, afterall, MSM lies so much it's not hard to fill in the blanks.

In this case, I believe those who enjoy Daily Paul have witnessed MSM censorship of RP enough to know that RP is "he who will not be named" in MSM.

This means, "He who will not be named" in MSM took nearly as many votes (if you count "Scattered", he took more) as the the media darling, Bachmann. I just returned from having dinner and talked a bit with some folks who told me that they saw my guy come in second (this means they like Bachmann.. it's becasue she's NOT Hilary), so I told them, maybe I would be seeing them at the next GOP meeting, as I plan on being THE delegate for my man. The good fight is on, and as far as I'm concerned, RP won.

I'm sure Liberals don't know who RP is, but tonight neocons found out. CELEBRATE slap those bumper stickers on... I feel alone.

Ron Paul also has a real job & he doesn't miss many House votes

Let's not forget, campaigning has been Santorum's/Pawlenty's (and Romney's) full time job.

Also, let's not forget from July 26th's article:

Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann apparently finds it difficult to balance her congressional duties with her presidential campaign. She has skipped more than 35 percent of House votes since officially beginning her presidential bid June 27, The Hill reports.
By contrast Paul has an 8 percent miss rate – skipping 25 of 307 votes since the official start of his campaign..."

You can tell from the schedule on Politico that she was in IA and NH many times on Tue, Wed and Thur, when the House is in session. No excuse!

He probably actually won

But somehow he finished second (probably why the delay in the count) because if he won the MSM would have had to cover it. Lets see how far they avoid it by focusing on Perry entering the race and only talking about Bachman.


What a great day! I think as

What a great day!
I think as close as the vote was, RP finishing second is better than the outright win.
We wanted to hit the ground running and we did just that, breathing down the winners neck, saying, "Here We Come!
We'll have to fight the media bias which means WE have to spread the message harder than we ever have.
Keep On Rockin' In A Free World!

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Three associated with tea party 1 2 3 and took 69%

Tea party vs Status Quo. Status Quo stinks.

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