AMES, Iowa (AP) - Michele Bachmann is the winner of the Iowa
Straw Poll. For the tea party favorite, it was a display of
popularity and organizational strength -- five months before the
Iowa caucuses begin the GOP presidential nominating season.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished a close second. Former
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has sparred with his home-state
rival Bachmann in a debate and on the campaign trail, finished a
Pawlenty made it clear he's not dropping out, despite a
disappointing finish. He said, "We have a lot more work to do" --
but that his campaign is "just beginning."
Today's poll doesn't necessarily predict who will win the Iowa
caucuses. But it shows that Bachmann has some support in the state
-- as well as the strongest get-out-the-vote operation and widest
In speeches throughout the day, candidates assailed President
Barack Obama and offered themselves as the answer to America's high
unemployment, rising debt and stock market swings.
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