August 12, 2011
According to the corporate media, the establishment Republican “debate” at Iowa State University in Ames last night was a toss up between Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachman and the phantom candidate Rick Perry (who will announce tomorrow).
Average folks in Iowa, however, have chosen the candidate predictably given short shrift by the establishment media – Ron Paul.
Paul won hands down an online straw poll held prior to Ames Straw Poll  that will be conducted tomorrow. The Ames poll is considered by most as the first real test of a presidential candidate’s organizational strength in Iowa.
Results of the online poll are as follows:
1st – Ron Paul with 44% of the unique online votes
2nd – Herman Cain 16%
3rd – Michele Bachmann 10%
4th – Rick Perry 8%
5th – (TIE) Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney 5%
7th – Sarah Palin 4%
8th – “Someone Else” 3%
9th – Rick Santorum 2%
10th – (Tie) Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich with 1% of the unique online votes
Perry and Palin have yet to officially announce they are running for the GOP nomination for president, so they will not be included on the Ames Straw Poll tomorrow.