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Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll

AMES, Iowa - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has won the Ames Straw Poll with 29% of the vote, edging out Rep. Ron Paul by 152 votes, or 28%.

Tim Pawlenty, who needed a strong finish, was further back in third with 14%.

Rick Santorum, who has campaigned more than anyone, pulled in 10% and Herman Cain got 9%. Rick Perry, who wasn't on the ballot, but had a concerted write-in effort here, got 718 votes, or 4%, ahead of Mitt Romney, the presumed front runner for the nomination, who pulled in 567 votes (3%), Newt Gingrich 385 votes (2%), Jon Huntsman 69 votes and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter 35 votes.

The total number of voters was high, 16,892, about 3,000 votes more than 2007. It was the second-highest turnout ever for the straw poll.

Here are the official votes from the Iowa GOP:

2011 Straw Poll Full Results (Votes, %)
1. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (4823, 28.55%)
2. Congressman Ron Paul (4671, 27.65%)
3. Governor Tim Pawlenty (2293, 13.57%)
4. Senator Rick Santorum (1657, 9.81%)
5. Herman Cain(1456, 8.62%)
6. Governor Rick Perry (718, 3.62%) write-in
7. Governor Mitt Romney (567, 3.36%)
8. Speaker Newt Gingrich (385, 2.28%)
9. Governor Jon Huntsman (69, 0.41%)
10. Congressman Thad McCotter (35, 0.21%)

Scattering (162, 0.96 %) Includes all those receiving votes at less than one-percent that were not on the ballot.

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