Looks like Michele Bachmann has prevailed in the Ames straw poll, an early though not necessarily determinative assessment of each campaign’s organizational abilities.
Here’s the initial breakdown: Bachmann 28.55%, Paul 27.65%, Pawlenty 13.57%.
No surprise that Ron Paul did so well. And no surprise to anyone who’s been following the Iowa race closely that Bachmann won — but step back for a minute and consider how mind-blowing it would have been even six months ago, let alone a year or two back, to think of Michele Bachmann as a major contender for the GOP nomination, arguably the frontrunner now in Iowa. It truly boggles.
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