Saturday, August 13, 2011

Perry Announces Presidential Bid - Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll

Introduced as the "jobs governor," Rick Perry threw his hat into the presidential ring with an economy-focused speech at the RedState convention in South Carolina.

"It is time to get America working again," he said. "That's why, with the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today my candidacy for President of the United States."

Elsewhere, Michele Bachmann has prevailed in the Ames straw poll, an early though not necessarily determinative assessment of each campaign's organizational abilities. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul came in second place. Here's a breakdown of the results:

  • U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.): 4,823 votes
  • U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): 4,671 votes
  • Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty: 2,293 votes
  • Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.): 1,657 votes
  • Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain: 1,456 votes
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry: 718 votes
  • Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney: 567 votes
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 385 votes
  • Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman: 69 votes
  • U.S. Rep Thad McCotter (R-Mich.): 35 votes

Romney, Gingrich and Huntsman didn't not actively campaign for support in the straw poll despite their names appearing on the ballot. Perry, who announced his candidacy for president on Saturday, did not aggressively look to lock up votes in the event. His name did not appear on the ballot; however, write-in votes were allowed in the straw poll.

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