Michele Bachmann wins Iowa presidential straw poll

 

Michele Bachmann said Barack Obama would be ''a one-term president''

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US Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has won a key pre-election campaign poll in the state of Iowa.

The Iowa Straw Poll held in Ames attracted about 17,000 voters and is considered the first big test of the 2012 presidential race.

Mrs Bachmann, an Iowa-born social conservative, narrowly beat her rival Ron Paul in the non-binding contest.

The vote was held on the same day Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his intention to run for the presidency.

It comes five months before the first official Iowa primaries in the race for the White House.

Mrs Bachmann took 4,823 of the 16,892 votes cast after the day-long political festival held on the campus of Iowa State University.

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Runner-up Mr Paul took 4,671 votes and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty finished in third place with 2,293.

Mr Pawlenty said his team had "a lot more work to do" but that he was not giving up hope.

"We are just beginning and I'm looking forward to a great campaign," he said.

'Rudderless'

The BBC's Jonny Dymond in Iowa says Mrs Bachmann had campaigned hard in the state, firing up her supporters with her rhetoric and style.

Before the vote took place, Mrs Bachmann told her supporters: "We are going to make Barack Obama a one-term president."

Leading Republican candidate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney did not campaign in the contest but still received 567 votes while the newly declared Mr Perry, whose name was not on the ballot paper, still won 718 "write-in" votes.

Mr Perry had declared his candidacy earlier in the day at an event in South Carolina, telling his supporters: "I full-well believe I'm going to win."

Ames Straw Poll, Iowa

The Iowa Straw Poll is a vote by attendees of a fundraiser for the Iowa Republican party and dates back to 1979.

Anyone who can pay the $30 (£18) for the ticket and is over 18 can vote.

Participants do not need to be Republicans but they do have to be residents of the state or students attending university in Iowa.

It is seen as a good indicator of who is in the lead to win the Republican nomination to become the party's candidate for the presidential election, however it has only predicted the outcome in two out of five times.

He slammed the Obama administration, saying the US "cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership".

The BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani in Washington says Mr Perry is a fiscal conservative who has a track record of creating jobs and reducing the role of government.

He is religious with socially conservative views and could be the candidate to unite moderate and right-wing "Tea Party" Republicans, our correspondent adds.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has yet to announce whether she plans to run.

She was in Iowa on Friday but said the poll was "not always the tell-tale sign of what the electorate is feeling".

"It's who happens to show up and has the time and energy to spend that day for their particular candidate," she said.

 

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  • Comment number 173.

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    Comment number 172.

    Standing behind Bachmann is Perry a Texas gunslinger who only reads the Old Testament(probably finds too much of the New Testament communistic). The Republican Party is being dragged so far to the right they can't win in 2012.
    Even if the backroom boys ensure a more moderate candidate, he'll have to appease his activists, who seem determined to return the US to 1789.

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    Comment number 171.

    If anyone is wondering how dumb you'd need to be to vote for Michelle Bachmann, the answer can be found on the comments pages of Fox News. These candidates are racing to the bottom for far right nominations that will burn come election day with the need to appeal to moderate, swing voters. My guess is that Jed Bush will swoop in as a late candidate and snatch the nomination, though he says not..

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    Comment number 170.

    If 5,000 Iowans should decide the future president of the United States,the world should really worry. Fortunately, they dont.

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    Comment number 169.

    If Mrs Bachmann does win the GOP nomination many will flock to Obama. She is another of these alabaster skinned female politicians who have great rapport with their core voters yet fail to understand those with views a tad removed from her on the political spectrum let alone those with opposing views.

    She says God told her to marry her husband, get into politics and the rest. Is she a prophet?

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    Comment number 168.

    Sara Palin was unqualified. This one Nancy Bachman is a nut case. Eliminating EPA would return the US to the days when it was a toxic waste dump. Cleaning it up cost many billions already and the really nasty work has been exported mostly to China where they let you pollute, even kill with impunity because they need the jobs even at subsistance wages and no worker or consumer rights.

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    Comment number 167.

    There is a great picture of Michelle Bachmann at the Iowa State Fair.
    Just google - bachmann corn dog

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    Comment number 166.

    We don't need another Evangelical leader. Religion has no place in politics or government.

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    Comment number 165.

    Trading Obama for Bachman would be going from the frying pan into the fire. But the Republicans have little better to offer as an alternative. They rightly criticize Obama's failures but have no real alternatives of their own.Cutting taxes and chopping down the govt won't generate jobs or stimulate the economy.It's been tried and failed already.The financial crisis is the result of that idea.

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    Comment number 164.

    I was born and raised in Iowa but I have been working outside of the US for most of the past 15 years. I have just returned to my home state and it has dramatically changed since I grew up in Iowa. I just want my overseas friends to know that there are some Iowans that do not share Michele Bachmann's goal of Theocracy for America.

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    Comment number 163.

    We all need to keep a careful eye on this. It may be an American election, but as history as proved before, we are all stakeholders in the outcome. Watching from afar, the past few months have not been edifying. We must hope for better, and seek to influence for the best where we can.

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    Comment number 162.

    And in this corner, the single issue clowns from the Tea Party movement... God help America!

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    Comment number 161.

    She is scary!!!

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    Comment number 160.

    Future students of US history will look back at this period and say WHAT? The right has gone totally off the rails. I fear for the reputation of democracy if these games go on too much longer.

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    Comment number 159.

    It seems that Republican candidates are more interested in Obama bashing than to discuss THEIR plans and policies to meet the current challenges US is facing now. Probably they think majority of die-hard republican supporters are capable to understand Obama bashing than any policy discussion. Can it be the candidates itself are not capable to discuss anything else?

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    Comment number 158.

    Most of the speeches and discussion by majority of the GOP aspiring presidents are like religious sermons by Christain priests and dictates of a very conservative, dictatorial guardian to its spoiled teen, than a leader of a secular democracy.
    If GOP elects such a candidate against a person like Obama, Obama's job to win 2012 will become easier. Hands down.

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    Comment number 157.

    It seems that Republican candidates are more interested in Obama bashing than to discuss THEIR plants and policies to meet the current challenges US is facing now. Probably they think majority of die-hard republican supporters is capable to understand Obama bashing than any policy discussion. Can it be the candidates itself are not capable to discuss policies? I am not sure for many?

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    Comment number 155.

    People are starting to take notice of Ron Paul. He was the real winner considering he's been written off by the media.

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    Comment number 154.

    Too focused on the same middle American values and not on how they are going to fix this country. Personally, I couldn't care less if she respects her husband, that's not my problem. I don't care about your religion unless you bring it into politics, who cares about gay marriage and abortions... the US is in a big mess and there is nobody in the running that seems to have more than a yee ha idea

 

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