Iowa Straw Poll: Lotsa Bucks, Not Much Bang for Romney

Gloria, Gloria, In Excelcis Deo! The results of the Republican Iowa straw poll are in! The numbers, courtesy of Daily Kos look like this:

1. Mitt Romney 4,516 31.6%
2. Mike Huckabee
2,587 18.1%
3. Sam Brownback 2,192 15.3%
4. Tom Tancredo 1,960 13.7%
5. Ron Paul 1,305 9.1%
6. Tommy Thompson 1,039 7.3%
7. Fred Thompson 203 1.4%
8. Rudy Giuliani 183 1.3%
9. Duncan Hunter 174 1.2%
10. John McCain 101 0.7%
11. John Cox 41 0.3%

If you round down the money Mitt Romney spent on this event to $1 million and round up the percent figure to thirty two, ol’ Mitt spent $31,250 for each percentage point. Dude got gypped in a big way, if you ask me, and would have got gypped even harder had McCain and America’s Mayor shown any interest whatsoever in this nonevent. Ah, well, live and learn.

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  • mrzippy13  On August 11, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    A few things about Romney’s win:

    Sure, being able to say he won the straw poll gives him a little bit of credibility, but not being able to get more than 32% of the votes in a field full of also-rans seems to show how weak he really is as a candidate.

    I think the real winner to come out of the straw poll is Mike Huckabee. He exceed the expectations of most of the pundits (myself excluded, of course) and I think his campaign’s going to start to pick up a little bit of momentum.

    Tommy Thompson’s toast, and I expect we’ll see him drop out on Sunday. Duncan Hunter has already said he’s staying in the race, but I can’t help but wonder how much tread his campaign’s really got left on their tires.

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