Hot Air is reporting that the Ames straw poll came to an end this afternoon as the ballot count shows that 16,892 votes were cast, and Michele Bachmann (4,823) won a narrow victory over Ron Paul (4,671) — less than 200 votes difference. Tim Pawlenty finished in a distant third (2,293), followed by Rick Santorum and then Herman Cain. Bachmann comes away with a win, but not by much — and since reports had her giving out 6,000 tickets to the event, it’s not exactly a big endorsement. Rick Perry got 718 write-in votes without showing up at all.
Not sure if this is a real indication of how likely things will go for her in the future . Given we have several RINOs in the running and the disappointing Herman Cain, I’m glad Michele won.
Like I’ve said before, time to put a woman in charge of things!