Ron Paul and the Iowa Straw Poll

The Iowa Straw Poll was held on Saturday, and Michelle Bachmann (an Iowa native) won with 29% of the vote. Rick Perry (the Governor of Texas) stole some of the headlines by making his Presidential campaign announcement in South Carolina on Saturday. What is barely making headlines is that Texas Congressman Ron Paul came in second with 28% of the vote in the Iowa Straw Poll.

In the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll, Mitt Romney won with 31% of the vote (he put a lot of money into Iowa in 2007, only to lose the Iowa Caucus to Mike Huckabee). Speaking of Gov. Huckabee, he came in second in Iowa with 18% of the vote in 2007.

As I recall, it was Governor Huckabee who received most of the media attention after the Iowa Straw Poll, but this year the media is barely mentioning Ron Paul. It seemed pretty obvious that Bachmann would win Iowa since she is from there and since she has practically been living there for the last few months. Only 152 votes separated Bachmann (4823 votes) and Paul (4671 votes), and yet Bachmann and the media are paying no attention to Ron Paul. Mitt Romney by the way received 567 votes … I guess he decided putting money into Iowa just wasn’t worth it after what happened in 2007-08.

As of now, I still haven’t made my final decision about who to support for President. Unless Mike Huckabee changes his mind and jumps in the race, whoever I support will be someone from the great state of Texas, with the initials R.P.  I will say this though, Rick Perry is going to have to do a lot of work to convince me that he is not just another game playing politician. For now, I continue to lean heavily toward Ron Paul.

Congratulations to Ron Paul for his amazing finish in the Iowa Straw Poll. Though the media won’t give him his due, Ron Paul is as much of a top-tier contender as Michelle Bachmann in this GOP field.