That kinda sucks, I was hoping for Ron Paul to win Here a an article all about it. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-...republican-candidates-ron-paul-is-second.html "U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a favorite of Tea Party activists pushing to significantly shrink the size of government, won the Iowa Straw Poll of Republican presidential candidates today. Bachmann, 55, received 29 percent of the vote in the contest that offers evidence of candidate popularity and organizational skill in the state. Her victory could boost her chances of winning the Iowa caucuses that officially begin the nomination process early next. She edged Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who got 28 percent of the almost 17,000 ballots cast. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty finished third with 14 percent. An Iowa native, Bachmann has placed her greatest campaign emphasis on winning the caucuses as the best way to propel her presidential quest. Former Governor Mitt Romney, the frontrunner in polls in the Republican race, didn’t actively compete in the straw poll, though his name was on the ballot. Not listed was Texas Governor Rick Perry, who today announced his presidential candidacy in a speech in South Carolina. A total of nine candidates were on the ballot, and write- ins were allowed. Though the straw poll winner hasn’t consistently gone on to earn the party’s nomination, the contest does have a record of weeding out candidates who fail to finish near the top. "