BD Poll: Who will win the Ames Straw Poll?

The announced GOP candidates for President will appear in a debate in Iowa on Thursday night. On Saturday, August 13 the Ames Straw Poll will take place at the Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University.

Meanwhile, Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to announce that he will seek the Presidency at the Red State Gathering in South Carolina on that same day.

But, back to Iowa, who will win the poll? Cast your prediction below. Don’t vote for your favorite unless you truly think that’s who will win.

Poll is open until midnight, Friday, August 12.

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  • Tim J

    I guess Romney is going to cruise on the straw poll from the last time he ran in Iowa?


    A straw poll to ask who will win a straw poll!

  • Sandy

    Everyone knows Ron Paul will win the straw poll. After all he’s already bought it and paid for it.

  • David A.

    McCotter? That’s got to be a joke.

  • I think it’s going to be an extremely close poll, with Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann fighting for first place.

    Michele Bachmann has missed nearly 40% of the votes in the House of Representatives since she announced her campaign and has spent a lot of time in Iowa. Ron Paul, however, has been (mostly) campaigning on weekends in order to meet his congressional obligations.

    I guess we’ll find out on Saturday! 🙂

  • The real winner: the Iowa Republican Party. It is their fundraiser, after all.

  • HisRoc

    Ummm…I take it that everyone knows that Sandy isn’t kidding. You can quite literally buy the straw poll. It comes down to which candidate buys the most tickets for his/her supporters. Google “Iowa Straw Poll tickets” and you will see how the campaign web sites are offering free tickets to anyone who will attend and vote for their candidate.

    Based on the web traffic I’m seeing, it will come down to a close race between Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, neither of whom has a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning the Republican nomination.

  • Henry Ryto

    It’s nice that all 65 McCotter supporters have visited BD.

  • The father of the Tea Parties and champion of the Constitution, Ron Paul!

    Restore America NOW!

  • HisRoc



    Ron Paul is to the conservatives what Ralph Nader is to the liberals: a far wingnut who will never get 3% of the vote and who will constantly remind of us of why we have to have mainstream political parties.

    He is a poster child for why we cannot have a successful Third Party movement in this country.

  • Dan Lyons

    Can’t wait until Kirwin sees this poll. Heh.

  • Hisroc,


    How about you give a rational explanation as to why you don’t like his policies rather then spouting meaningless BS.

  • DB

    I believe Ron Paul is the sleeper no one is expecting. It’s his time…we need some radical crazy things to occur to get this country BACK off the road it is on. His record is solid, he answers questions posed to him, he has plans…and has expressed concerns re: past plans during his time in government THAT HAVE OCCURRED JUST AS HE PREDICTED WHEN he was addressing those concerns. He has fore-sight, wisdom, and vision. and he CARES about AMERICA!

  • HisRoc


    Sure, it is easy to give a rational explanation as to why an irrational demogogue can’t and won’t be nominated for President by a major party.

    Foreign policy and national security: Ron Paul wants to abandon foreign alliances, some of which are over 200 years old, and return to the failed experiment called Fortress America. He would abrogate mutual defense treaties and leave our critical trading partners, access to strategic materials, and vital sea lanes unprotected.

    Monetary policy: Ron Paul would abolish the Federal Reserve and leave lending rates and credit policies in the hands of the Wall Street bankers who gave us the Great Depression and the recent credit default swap crisis. While it is true that the FED hardly covered itself with glory in the 2008-09 recession, without the FED we would probably be in a full-blown depression.

    Medical research: Ron Paul would ban all embryonic stem cell research, research that has the potential to cure human ailments ranging from Alzheimer’s to paralysis. Research, BTW, that even Nancy Reagan has supported.
    And speaking of medical issues, Dr. Paul’s basic stance is for a limited, Constitutional Federal government that is less intrusive in the affairs of citizens, leaving general welfare issues up to the States to decide. And yet, he strongly supports a Federal ban on all abortion procedures. Can you spell h-y-o-c-r-i-s-y?

    I could go on, but I won’t.


    At the risk of invoking Godwin’s Principle, may I offer a slightly edited version of your comment?

    “I believe Adolph Hitler is the sleeper no one is expecting. It’s his time…we need some radical crazy things to occur to get this country BACK off the road it is on. His record is solid, he answers questions posed to him, he has plans…and has expressed concerns re: past plans during his time in government THAT HAVE OCCURRED JUST AS HE PREDICTED WHEN he was addressing those concerns. He has fore-sight, wisdom, and vision. and he CARES about the FATHERLAND!”

  • HisRoc

    Apparently, I can’t. It is h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.

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  • valentinus


    While I share your reservations about Mr Paul there are two assertions I question.

    The Federal Reserve was created by Woodrow Wilson long before 1929. The Federal Reserve was quite “functional” in 1929 and making its usual hamhanded mistakes. By the way the market recovered quite a bit despite Hoover’s idiotic signing of Smoot Hawley after the crash until the Dems took over Congress in early 1931. Then the market died.

    Secondly there is not a clear scientific consensus on the relative efficacy of embryonic vs adult stem cells. Even the leftist USA Today notes the situation.

  • HisRoc

    Sorry, val, but you are cherry-picking my criticisms of Ron Paul. I don’t have the time to engage in detailed debates with people who support a perennial loser who can’t decide if he is a Republican or a Libertarian and who never polls above 2%. Trevor threw out a challenge that I was spewing BS without facts and I answered him.

    Ron Paul has been a joke of a presidential candidate since 1988. Many of his supporters today are idealists who weren’t even born when he first ran for president. They are well-meaning, but naive, conservatives who don’t really understand the implications of Ron Paul’s simplistic solutions. They remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.

  • Kathy Mateer

    All this is fun but it’s going to be between Romney and Perry. Romney has the money right now, but Perry will if the people choose him. Whoever wins, I’ll support, but I hope it’s Perry.

  • Cheryl

    Kathy…Apparently YOU aren’t from Texas…Perry has not done anything for texians and he wins because he spends a LOT of $$ and it seems that is all that matters to “the people”. If you review history…it has always gone to the most corrupt WHP spend the most. SHAME ON AMERICANS!
    Abraham Lincoln was a President “eventually” and perhaps some of you need to read MORE history…god knows our kids aren’t learning it…The Republic is GONE because people were NOT vigilant…we have a chance to get it back IF “the people” would wake up from their slumber and sloth. Google “10 planks” and tell me why you WANT a democracy.

  • HisRoc

    I have to chime in on Cheryl’s comment, since I lived in Texas for four (long) years. I don’t know a thing about Perry except that he is another Bible thumper like Huckabee. However, I know something about Texas politics. Everyone and everything in Texas is elected. All judges, commissioners, and other state officials included. The sole political appointment that the governor makes is the Board of Pardons and Parole. That’s it. And, the governor has a very limited legislative agenda. By state constitution, the Texas legislature can only meet once every two years for 90 days. The governor can call an emergency session for another 45 days. After that, it is unconstitutional for the legislature to be in session. Texans believe that less law is better law, just enforce the Hell out of the ones you have. And the governor is as much of a figurehead as the Queen of England. The governor of Texas is about as qualified to be POTUS as a community organizer. And look where that has gotten us.

  • Jim Lundberg

    HisRoc: Your criticism of Ron Paul is pretty biased and twisted. He does not want to abandon alliances as you say but to bring troops home from places like Korean or Germany. I was there and we don’t have any real reason to be there other than to spend money and keep the gravy train wheels spinning. And Obama certainly has NOT brought anybody home from anywhere, in fact is now engaged in SIX separate conflicts at the same time at the moment.

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