Huckabee Gets Away with Winning Iowa; Ron Paul Strong Fifth

Again, most of you probably know that Huckabee won the Iowa Republican Caucus. Yes, I almost broke my TV as well when I heard. With 34% of the votes, he coasted through, beating Romney who came second with 25%. This post has the results for every candidate. However, as Bill Scher argues, Huckabee will still have to work in the primaries, considering that the Republicans might unite around a single candidate to keep him out. (Do they really want a candidate who may be committed to converting Jews to Christianity?)

However, Ron Paul broke into the double digits with 10% of the vote – 11,598 votes – which gives him two potential candidates. (Perhaps significantly, this is more than Giulani’s 4%). Slightly surprising, considering that these two polls put him at 7.1% and 6% respectively. See, young people without conventional home phones can make a difference. I suspect he would have gotten even more votes if independents hadn’t joined up with Obama in such force. Indeed, as this post points out, Ron Paul was the winner with independent voters.

So Ron Paul supporters should be optimistic – as they are. He scored two delegates in a super-religious state – New Hampshire’s views are much closer to his own. He has clearly distinguished himself from second-tier candidates.

Well, onwards to New Hampshire Wyoming, with its January 5th convention – and then New Hampshire.

– Nishant

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2 Responses to Huckabee Gets Away with Winning Iowa; Ron Paul Strong Fifth

  1. sauer kraut says:

    Despite your spin, Ron Paul was not the winner. Not even close. He got about 25% of the votes garnered by the other fruitcake, Michael Huckabee.

    Let him go onto Wyoming. Land of Dickless Cheney.

  2. nish81 says:

    I never said that he was the winner, I just said that he did better than was expected of him.

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