September 24, 1987 |
Vice President George Bush, still smarting from an embarrassing loss in a recent presidential preference straw poll of Iowa Republicans, admitted Wednesday that he had suffered a "good swift kick in the tail" that would reinvigorate his campaign. "They've unleashed a tiger now," Bush said during a hastily arranged daylong campaign swing designed to whip up enthusiasm for his candidacy in the Feb. 8 preference caucuses.
August 11, 2007 |
If today's Republican presidential straw poll in Ames looks like a carnival, there is good reason. There's a barbershop quartet in Tom Tancredo's tent, a kids' bounce house in Mitt Romney's and a dunk-the-intern tank in Sam Brownback's. Yet the thousands of Iowans feasting on barbecued pork and casting ballots at the GOP festival carry real clout in the race for the White House. By tradition, the Ames contest drives those who fare poorly to abandon their campaigns.
February 12, 1996 |
Kansas Sen. Bob Dole was the winner Sunday of a Republican presidential straw poll that may be a more accurate reflection of divisions within the state party than of candidate strength in California. In mail-in balloting conducted over the last five weeks, Dole collected 36% of the 21,329 ballots tallied. Conservative commentator Patrick J. Buchanan was a strong second with 25%, and businessman Steve Forbes was third with 18%. Gov.
January 29, 1995 |
The second Republican presidential straw poll of 1995 ended Saturday like the first as Texas Sen. Phil Gramm ran virtually unopposed to an easy victory, this time at an Arizona state GOP convention. With the strong support of the state's senior Republican officials--Sen. John McCain and Gov. Fife Symington--Gramm carried 54% of the votes in a contest that the other leading competitors for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination essentially conceded to the Texas senator.
March 4, 2007 |
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is struggling in national public opinion polls but, after a concerted effort, was named the winner Saturday of a straw poll of conservative activists at an annual gathering. Despite skepticism about his record on social issues, the former Massachusetts governor received 21% of the 1,705 votes cast by paid attendees to the Conservative Political Action Conference who were asked to name their top choice for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.
August 19, 1995 |
Leaders of the Iowa Republican Party are touting the presidential straw poll they host in the state today as the first real test of the 1996 presidential campaign. But, judging from the advance maneuvering, what is mainly being tested is sheer, unadulterated chutzpah.
August 13, 1999 |
If you happen to be near Iowa this weekend, consider this offer: Swing by Ames and you can eat your fill of barbecue, catch a performance by Crystal Gayle, maybe hang with Karl Malone or have your picture taken with Vic Damone. The cost? Heck, someone will pay you the $25 you need to show up. The catch? You must be an Iowa resident eligible to vote in the November 2000 presidential election. What does any of this have to do with picking the next leader of the Free World? More than you may think.
August 21, 1995 |
Ever since Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole took command of the Republican presidential race, his rivals have been waiting for him to make a mistake. This past weekend, he finally did. No, he didn't lose his famous temper. But he did lose face by allowing Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas to tie him in the Iowa straw poll here.
August 12, 2007 |
ames, iowa -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney handily won a Republican presidential straw poll here on Saturday, while the dark-horse candidacy of ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee got a lift from a surprisingly strong second-place finish. With three of the party's best-known White House contenders skipping the mock election, the Ames contest was a highly imperfect test of the Republican field. In Romney's case, the symbolic victory reflected, more than anything, his heavy spending in Iowa.