Michele Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll … Tim Pawlenty Drops Out of GOP Presidential Race


US Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has won the Iowa Republican Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa with 4823 votes.  Ron Paul, 4671 votes, was second and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty placed third with 2293 votes. Look for Bachmann to gain steam and for the MSM to go after her even more as she becomes a credible threat to Barack Obama in 2012. As noted by ABC News, it is now apparent that Bachmann can now match the organizational ground skills with enthusiasm.  It is now looking like a three person race for the GOP nomination between Bachmann, Romney and Perry. Although, I agree with No Quarter, the real; race will be between Romney and Perry, two GOP candidates with executive experience as governors that will be a key issue for 2012.

Bachmann Wins … Pawlenty Out

Other notables in the Iowa straw poll following the top three were, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (1,567), Herman Cain (1,456), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (718), former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (567), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (385), former Utah governor Jon Huntsman (69) and US Rep. Thad McCotter (Mich.) (35).

“What we saw happen today is this is the very first step toward taking the White House in 2012, and you have just sent a message that Barack Obama will be a one-term president,” said Bachmann (R-Minn.) after her victory was announced.

Bachmann took 4,823 votes, narrowly escaping a major upset at the hand of Texas Rep. Ron Paul who won 4,671 votes. Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty placed third with 2,293, a showing that is likely to raise questions about his ability to continue in the contest.

One message that can be taken from the IOWA straw poll is the number of people participating, 16,892 votes cast, the second most in the history of the straw poll. Many of which were first time participants.

With Bachmann’s victory, it would appear that Pawlenty grew the short straw in yesterday’s poll. Even though former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty came in third, it was not enough to save his GOP Presidential run. According to reports, Pawlenty has dropped out of the 2012 Presidential race.  Pawlenty had gone all in in his Presidential GOP game of IOWA Hold ‘em, and lost.

Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for president on Sunday morning, saying his disappointing performance in Iowa’s straw poll convinced him that his campaign had run its course.

Just hours after his third-place finish in Iowa, Mr. Pawlenty said on ABC’s “This Week” program that his message “didn’t get the kind of traction we needed and hoped for” in order to continue.

“There are a lot of other choices in the race,” he said. “The audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.”

For some reason Pawlenty could never get traction for his message. His lack of personality probably did not help him; however, he lost big time when during one of the previous debates he never went after Romney for his “Romneycare” in Massachusetts after hammering him on Sunday talk shows. Many were left scratching their heads as to why.

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  • Comments

    10 Responses to “Michele Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll … Tim Pawlenty Drops Out of GOP Presidential Race”

    1. Wendy on August 14th, 2011 9:58 am

      Guess President Obama very much hopes she gets the nomination that would secure 4 more years instantly.
      SM: Iowa poll does not necessarily ensure a nomination. Look for Gov Perry to win the GOP nomination and have either Bachman or Rubeo as his VP. Perry will show the difference between one who has executive experience and has created jobs vs. Obama who is a complete and total joke. Obama has taken the car in the ditch and drove it over the cliff.

      Even Democrats wish they had nominated and elected Hillary Clinton in 2008.

      What is Obama knows for … the 9.0%+ unemployment president, the food stamp president and the first president to reside over a downgrade of us credit rating.

      FOUR MORE YEARS? LOL … Even Democrats do not want 4 more years of this inept clown.

    2. Wendy on August 14th, 2011 10:38 am

      Please not another inept Texas gov., Ron Paul did well though finally someone with half a brain for the GOP nomination.
      SM: Another inept TX Gov? Your boy Obama wishes he had Perry’s skills. I am really thinking you mean another inept community organizer.

      Perry would destroy Obama in a one on one campaign. Thus the reason even before Perry had made the announcement he was running, the Obama minions were attacking him. Obama now under 40% job approval … The One is sinking fast. Obama will be a one term “ONE”der.

    3. Dawg1948 on August 14th, 2011 2:31 pm

      I think Wendy has the right name she sounds like a bag of hot air just like OBUMMER.

    4. Dawg1948 on August 14th, 2011 2:37 pm

      As for Ron Paul for President, PLEASE. I heard his rant about the Iranian nuclear threat. They can’t even refine enough gas for their on country, they have no air force, etc., etc., etc. How can they be a threat to the U.S. Well, lets see two towers + 19 Idiots with box cutters = almost 3000 dead and untold economic stress and disaster. Sounds like they don’t need an airforce or oil refining capabilities to me. The only thing that has caused equal economic havoc and distress since 9/11 is? you guessed it, OBUMMER!

    5. Mom of 2 on August 14th, 2011 2:48 pm

      I’m looking forward to seeing an articulate, conservative nominee debate our teleprompter-dependent president.

    6. NG Boston on August 14th, 2011 7:54 pm

      Well, the name of the game also is how deep your campaign pockets go.

      I kind of liked Pawlenty. Once again- since Romney’s pockets are very deep—-he’ll be in for the long haul. Will be interesting from now until then to see who will survive.

      Just curious as to what SM thinks—who is your favorite “dark horse” candidate so far?

      Night, Monkeys

    7. Dawg1948 on August 14th, 2011 11:15 pm

      They are all better than OBUMMER. The man is totally inept. Face facts he is just a Community Organizer, not a leader and certainly not a President.

    8. Dolf on August 15th, 2011 8:09 am


      think it more the whole financial meltdown that cause the mayhem and crisis.

      and those 2 wars are the biggest reason the US is such big financial problems.

      and don’t you think its rather sad that the one who can become president becomes it because of wealth instead of his/her idea’s?

    9. Dawg1948 on August 15th, 2011 2:01 pm

      Dolf, I don’t know where you are getting your info., but according to what I have read and heard the wars have had little impact on our economy. But, let us suppose the opposite as you say, then why the Hell did we get into Libya. I don’t want to hear the moral war BS either. Taking out Hussein was certainly more humane and moral than getting involved in Libya.

    10. Dolf on August 17th, 2011 6:16 am

      First off all, Libya & Iraq/ Afghanistan are not the same.
      We are not in Libya (officialy), second, this should have been an EU mission, not a US led mission.

      You have Obama, we have our own goverment and some moneywasters in Brussels (count your blessings)

      and those wars may have had little impact on the economy, but for the US financial situation it was a complete disaster.

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