Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll--But Does That Mean Anything?

The Republican edged out Texas Rep. Ron Paul in the Ames vote.

By Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

They say a house made of straw can be easily blown down, but Michele Bachmann is hoping the wind doesn’t shift.

The U.S. representative from Minnesota won the GOP Ames Straw Poll in Iowa over the weekend, edging out Texas Rep. Ron Paul and soundly beating Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, the Washington Post reports.

“What we saw happen today is this is the very first step toward taking the White House in 2012, and you have just sent a message that Barack Obama will be a one-term president,” Bachmann said after her win was announced, according to the newspaper.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker, received votes but didn’t campaign in Ames, where 17,000 people voted, making the straw poll’s turnout the second-biggest ever, the Post reports.

Of course, winning the Iowa Straw Poll doesn’t mean another candidate won’t come along and blow Bachmann’s house down. George W. Bush is the only candidate who managed to win the poll and the presidency, according to CBS News.

So tell us, does that leave you breathing a big sigh of relief, or does it put you on the hunt for some Bachmann bricks? Leave a comment below!

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First Published August 15, 2011

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