As expected Mitt Romney has come out the winner in the Republican straw poll that garnered a significantly lower turnout than it did in 1999:
Ames, Ia. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerged on top at Iowa GOP’s straw poll Saturday in Ames.
The win boosted the former Massachusetts governor’s standing as the party’s frontrunner in Iowa, although attendance at this first show of Iowa campaign strength appeared to fall short of expectations.
Huckabee’s second place finish and Sam Brownback’s third place finish will probably shore up their unlikely campaigns and, if we’re lucky, the poor finishes of Tommy Thompson and Duncan Hunter will provide the coup de grace to their impossible ones. IMO the contest for support from the regular Republican leadership is between Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. Has anyone done a study of their campaign staff and announced support for hints on how this is coming along?
All that Romney had to do for the straw poll was to keep from falling on his face and he’s accomplished that much. I continue to believe that the party leadership will coalesce behind Romney. Not that that’s a good thing. IMO Romney is a dolt and we’ve had enough of that for the last 7 years.