Sunday, August 14, 2011

Michele Bachmann edges Ron Paul in Iowa

Tea party darling Michele Bachmann edges Ron Paul in Iowa | Alaska Dispatch - Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 14, 2011:

"Out of 16,892 votes cast, Congresswoman Bachmann won 4,823 votes, or 29 percent. Coming in a close second was Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 4,671 votes, or 28 percent. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota came in third with 2,293 votes, or 14 percent....

"Congressman Paul’s close second-place finish demonstrated the force that he has become in Republican politics. Viewed as a fringe candidate when he ran four years ago, he had a large, enthusiastic crowd at the straw poll. Paul’s low-tax, small-government approach makes him, to many, the godfather of the tea party movement. But his unorthodox-for-a-Republican views on foreign policy – he opposes US military engagements abroad – will limit his potential in the GOP field....

"Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania placed fourth with 1,657 votes, or 10 percent. Businessman Herman Cain came in fifth with 1,456, or 9 percent. [Rick] Perry’s 718 votes put him in sixth place, ahead of seventh-place finisher [Mitt] Romney’s 567 votes.... Newt Gingrich came in eighth with 385 votes.... Jon Huntsman Jr. ... came in ninth with 69 votes. And Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigant ... won 35 votes."

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