The news from the Iowa straw poll is that, as expected Mitt Romney came out victorious. From the Ames Tribune:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won an easy and expected victory in a high-profile Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll on Saturday, claiming nearly twice as many votes as his nearest rival.

Romney had been expected to win the test because he spent millions of dollars and months of effort on an event that was skipped by two of his major rivals.

Romney scored 4,416 votes to outpace former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee who had 2,587 votes. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback was third with 2,192 votes.

Announcement of the results were delayed for 90 minutes because a hand count was required on one of the 18 machines.

As of late Saturday night, Huckabee has not requested a re-count.

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