Governor Romney Wins Early Vote

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    AMES, Iowa (CNN) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Iowa Republican straw poll Saturday and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had a surprise second place showing, giving both presidential candidates a boost six months before the state holds its first-in-the-nation caucuses.

    Romney received 4,516 votes to Huckabee's 2,587, while Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback came in third place with 2,192 votes of the 14,302 ballots cast. (See full results below)

    But Romney's victory was slightly overshadowed by Huckabee, low turnout by GOP activists and the absence of several opponents. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson chose not to invest the financial resources needed to win the contest. Still, their names appeared on the ballot and all received votes.

    "It is a win," David Yepsen, political columnist with The Des Moines Register, said of Romney. "But it is somewhat shallow, because his big opponents didn’t show up.

    "What does it mean to get in the ring and your opponents don’t even show up," added Yepsen, who is considered the dean of the Iowa political press corps.

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    This is not a good sign. I don't want either of the two people who won to get the nomination. It is interesting how Tancredo jumped into 4th place and was only behind by around six hundred votes. That just goes to show you that they really didn't win by much. I can understand why a few Candidates didn't put money or resources into this poll as it really is useless.
     
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    The Iowa straw poll has never meant less.
     
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    And why is that? Giuliani and McCain knew they would be dusted, if not humiliated, so they dodged the poll. Of the remaining cadidates Romney was the clear victor. You may not lke the Romney win, but the results of the poll are meaningful. For example, T. Thompson said he would end his Presidential bid if he did not finish at least second.
     
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    Tommy Thompson was never a meaningful candidate to begin with.

    A straw poll conducted without two major candidates and without involvement of the man who many consider to be the front runner who also hasn't even declared yet, means absolutely nothing.

    I don't dislike the Romney win. But a poll conducted in this way is completely meaningless.
     
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    Did anyone not think Romney was going to win? I think it was pretty much expected.

    Because it was expected, why would it matter to change the perceptions? It only matters if it helps Romney change perceptions because he's still at ~10% in the national polls.

    And if events that are expected happen, they usually don't change perceptions.
     
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    Agreed. Romney spent enormous cash and time, if he hadn't won big, that would have been a surprise. I also was not surprised that other top tier didn't rate, they didn't spend the time or cash, people don't like being 'ignored.' What did surprise me is Huckabee's showing, he's got little $$$, but has done well in all the 'debates', some would argue he won at least two of them.
     
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    Yeah, I think it helps Huckerbee more than anyone.

    Maybe he's the sleeper.

    If there ever was a nomination in my lifetime for someone to come out of nowhere to win it, this would be the time.
     
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    Romney's result nearly doubled his nearest rival, Huckabee. And Brownback only trailed Huckabee by 3 points. In fact, the combination of poll results from Huckabee and Brownback barely equaled the Romney percentage.
     
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    In all seriousness, how did their spending match with his? I'm not a supporter, yet of either of these, I just don't think Romney is going to win.
     
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    Eh. Okay. He might win a few extra votes in the primaries due to the novelty and bandwagon effect per his win in the Iowa poll but in the end, I still think it will be Hillary verses Rudi.
     

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