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The Iowa Ames Straw Poll favored the Tea Party by 66.6%.  The winner, Michele Bachmann, won with 4,823 votes out of a total of 16,730 total votes.  Ron Paul, came in second with 4,671 votes and Rick Santorum received 1,657 votes.  That would be a total of 11,151 votes for the Tea Party.  11,151 votes received and 16,730 votes cast equals 66.6%.  I find that kind of scary on many levels.

The Ames Straw Poll is an  Iowa Republican shindig that happens in August of election years when Repugs have to pick a candidate.  This event is a fundraiser, and was first held in 1979.  The results are not official or binding, but it does show where and what the Iowan's are thinking.    This poll did pick George W Bush in August of 1999, so it might be better to not just laugh off its results.  To think that they purposely picked Georgie in 1999, and 66.6% of them are now fawning over the Tea Baggers says we might want to pay attention.
It should be noted that I have left Herman Cain out of my calculations.  Herman came in 5th place with 1,456 votes.  As the Tea Party is an offshoot of the KKK, I don't think Herman would really want to run on that ticket.  Take their money if they throw it his way, but he is smarter than a Tea Bagger.

I'm including a picture from the Straw Poll of Michele eating lunch.  As she was so perturbed by her picture in Newsweek, I don't know why she had this one taken.  I think her little beady eyes make her very un-photographic.    I don't know, she looks awful dumb in this picture.  Never met her, so can't rightly say if she is smart or dumb.  I can't imagine this one as president of the local PTA.

Originally posted to beancounter on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 08:34 PM PDT.

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