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Michele Bachmann Wins Ames Straw Poll

Michele Bachmann has won the Ames Harbinger Poll, accompaniment GOP armchair Matt Strawn appear on Saturday.
Bachmann anchored 4823 votes, binding out Ron Paul, who had 4671 votes. Tim Pawlenty accomplished a abroad third with 2293 votes - a black aftereffect for the Minnesota governor afterwards advance abundant assets as allotment of his broader Iowa-focused strategy. He appropriate afresh that he may accept to a "reassess" his attack if he fails to accomplish an appulse in the harbinger poll.
"We fabricated advance in affective from the aback of the backpack into a aggressive position for the caucuses, but we accept a lot added assignment to do," Pawlenty said in a account congratulating Bachmann.
Rounding out the blow of the acreage were Rick Santorum with 1657 votes, Herman Cain with 1456, Mitt Romney with 567, Newt Gingrich with 385, Jon Huntsman with 69, and Thad McCotter with 35. The basal four, except for McCotter, did not participate in the day's events.
Bachmann's achievement was unsurprising accustomed her able continuing in the state. In accession to her accustomed address to amusing conservatives, Bachmann was built-in in Iowa and has played up her roots aboriginal and generally on the attack trail. Her accent at Iowa Accompaniment University on Saturday was no different.
"My mother and ancestor accomplished us to consistently adulation Iowa," she told the crowd."They said, 'Be beholden that you're from Iowa. Iowa is the belly of the world. We augment millions of bodies from Iowa. Be grateful.' So I accept consistently been beholden that I am an Iowan and I accept it's time we had an Iowan in the White House."
The harbinger poll was overshadowed by Texas Governor Rick Perry, who upstaged the accident by announcement his own presidential bid on Saturday in South Carolina.
"It is time to get America alive again," he said in a accent at the RedState convention. "That's why, with the abutment of my family, and an abiding acceptance in the advantage of America, I acknowledge to you today my antagonism for President of the United States."
Even admitting he wasn't on the election in Iowa, Perry denticulate 718 applicant votes at Ames -- added than his rival, Romney, whose name was listed admitting not participating.
Perry's access in the chase threatens to army out contenders who accept yet to accomplish their move in the acclamation -- abnormally Tim Pawlenty, who has positioned himself as an electable another to Romney. A allegiant amusing and budgetary conservative, The Texas governor can accomplish a aboveboard comedy for both Bachmann and Romney's supporters.
Iowans casting over 16,892 votes at the event, an access from 14,000 at the 2007 contest, in which Mitt Romney won over additional abode finisher Mike Huckabee. Huckabee went on to win the caucuses.

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