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Michele Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty Leaving Race


It was a good Saturday for presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who won yesterday's symbolic Ames Straw Poll with 4823 votes. Ron Paul came in a close second with 4671, and Tim Pawlenty struggled into third with 2293.

Bachmann wasted no time sending out a celebratory fundraising email to supporters thanking them for the "historic" votes.

"I want to thank the people of Iowa for for this tremendous victory," she said.

Together we sent a message that we intend to make President Obama a one term president. The Iowa Straw Poll was a important first step in what will be a long race for the presidency. Now we turn our attention toward winning the Iowa Caucuses and taking our message of reining in wasteful spending, keeping taxes low, growing our economy and creating jobs to the people of New Hampshire, South Carolina and all 50 states.

As for Pawlenty, apparently that third-place showing was enough to convince the former Minnesota governor that he doesn't have what it takes to win the GOP nomination: he will reportedly announce this morning that he's packing up his campaign and headed home.

With regard to the other nominees on the ballot yesterday: Rick Santorum received 1657 votes, Herman Cain counted 1456, Mitt Romney received a surprisingly low 567, Newt Gingrich 385, Jon Huntsman 69 and Thaddeus McCotter received 35 out of the 16,892 cast. Rick Perry, who announced his campaign yesterday and wasn't on the poll, received a 718 write-in votes, suggesting that he has massive support in the Hawkeye State.

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  1. And what about the liberty of the baby? That's the point. A woman's choice of what to do to her own body shouldn't outweigh the right to life of the unborn child. What about his/her choice? That's where the libertarian looks, and that is the only libertarian view that can be had.

    Posted by: brianinla | Aug 14, 2011 7:14:28 PM

  2. And yes, at first I was surprised by Ron Paul's seeming support of DOMA. But then I did research and found out what he said. DOMA protects states' rights, and that's why he "supports" it. If people in Kentucky don't want same-sex marriage, Californians shouldn't be able to force them to. That's his stance there.

    States' rights goes both way. The states that want same-sex marriage should have it! And those that don't, should have that choice too.

    And hey, I've been living in West Hollywood, proud, out, for six years now. Clearly this is the type of place I want to live, but I don't want to force my views on others, and vice versa.

    Posted by: brianinla | Aug 14, 2011 7:18:46 PM

  3. "Expecting the federal government to recognize the rights of gay men and women is asanine and will not happen in the foreseeable future."

    Actually, the federal government did just recognize the right of gays & lesbians to serve in the military, so there.

    You're going to fall on deaf ears here, Brian, maybe you want to head on over to Newsmax or Worldnutdaily, it would be a better use of your time.

    Posted by: ZigZagBoom | Aug 14, 2011 7:28:58 PM

  4. I just hope one of these "States rights" touting Republicans realize that some states want Gay Marriage and some states are moving to Single-Payer Healthcare systems.

    As usual they will be hypocrites, Wanting to pass Federal Marriage Amendments (Like Bachman insists while nominating anti-gay judges under the guise of "nonactivist") and insist that the government can't have anything to do with Healthcare.

    These candidates have no ideas to fix our economy, and get people good paying jobs. They thrive on saying anything that is the opposite of Obama, THAT IS ALL. They have nothing else. They even oppose a Healthcare bill THEIR party advocated in the 90s, because our President and Congress wanted to find anything to create a compromise bill.

    Any gay person who votes for one of these loons thinking that they will represent them and their non existent "conservative values" and nonexistent "fiscal conservatism" are just fooling themselves. Once they are in office, all they will do is brag that they "Got our country back" while it falls apart.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Aug 14, 2011 10:11:59 PM

  5. @Brian: The states' rights argument hurts gay people. DOMA hurts gay people. We will be unequal if marriage is left in the hands of the states. Straight people will not face such discrimination, ever. So Ron Paul's arguments, and yours, completely fall apart. Support him and the faux libertarian POV if you wish, but don't pretend it's good for gay rights, because it isn't. It's good for libertarians and social conservatives posing as libertarians. As others have said, you're not going to convince most gay people to vote against our own interests, and Ron Paul and the other Republicans in the race are indisputably against gay interests.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 15, 2011 10:10:45 AM

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