For whatever they actually mean, here are the Iowa Straw Poll results:
1. Mitt Romney –32 percent
2. Mike Huckabee – 18 percent
3. Sam Brownback – 15 percent
4. Tom Tancredo – 14 percent
5. Ron Paul – 9 percent
6. Tommy Thompson — 7 percent
7. Fred Thompson – 1 percent
8. Rudolph W. Giuliani – 1 percent
9. Duncan Hunter – 1 percent
10. John McCain (less than 1 percent)
11. John Cox (less than 1 percent)
Considering the fact that the guy who spent the most money is the one who came out on top, which actually closely mirrors the political process in general, the results are not terribly surprising. I am excited, though, – and, again, for whatever importance the straw poll actually has – that Ron Paul came in 5th. For someone with very little name recognition, doesn’t have near the money as the “front-runners,” and who is being completely ignored by the mainstream media, 5th place is a pretty good show.
From The Liberty Papers: “Ron Paul’s speech was one of the best, content wise, of the straw poll. He earned a lot of respect today from GOP conservative voters by deemphasizing his anti-war rhetoric and instead touching on small government and values issues.”
That, my friends, is exactly how Dr. Paul is earning supporters every day. I’m thrilled at the number of people I’m hearing talking about Ron Paul – he’s the buzz among many of my old College Republican friends; people at church are talking about him; I’m seeing yard signs popping up all over Jonesborough. So keep spreading the word!