While Mitt Romney won the Ames Straw Poll by a wide margin, he also won the competition for the most money spent per vote by an even wider margin.

Despite these two “wins” for Romney, it appears that the true winner of Ames may former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

After his surprising second place finish in the poll, coming ahead of Sam Brownback, who outspent him at the poll at a nearly 3-to-1 clip and Tommy Thompson, who pinned his staying in the race on a strong finish, Huckabee has started surging in the polls.

The American Research Group released several state polls today and the post-Ames publicity seems to have paid off for Huck:

Mike Huckabee is at 17% among Republicans in Iowa (up from 1% in July), 12% among Republicans in New Hampshire (up from 1% in July), and 11% among Republicans in South Carolina (up from 3% in July).

What remains to be seen is if this surge in the polls will equate to a surge in donations, because frankly, Huckabee’s financial situation has been abysmal. If Huck can squeeze a few dollars out of those fiscal conservatives he is courting, maybe, just maybe he can really make some noise.


  • borujudasdedrich

    There is no other choice besides Ron Paul.

    Voting for anyone else is voting for the same bullsh!t.

    If he doesn’t win the GOP primary, we’ll run as independent.

    If he isn’t on the president ticket, we’ll write him in.

  • NewYorkStateConservative

    I pretty much agree with AndDru1.

    Personally I hope Huckabee’s support for big government as a governor would be overshadowed on the federal level by any support he has for state’s rights, but I’m not quite ready to hold my breath.

  • AndDru1

    You have to ask yourself, “Who would be better?”

    If fiscal conservativeness is the most important issue to you, I suggest you vote for Ron Paul. That’s why I don’t bash him too much, he does have some good things about him. But then you have to ask who would be second best at that and I would suggest to you it’s Mike Huckabee (just look at how he has ran his campaign). Also, if you want a social conservative it doesn’t get any better than Mike.

  • Ken H

    Mike Huckabee was my governor and he was nothing more than another Big Government Republican. I certainly don’t want him as my next president.

  • BoruJudasDedrich

    Ron Paul Wins Five Straw Polls
    Thursday, August 23, 2007 – FreeMarketNews.com

    Whether it’s Washington, Alabama, New Hampshire, or South Carolina, the message is the same. We want our freedom, our rights, our money, and our country back, and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. Thousands are driving from all over their states to show support resulting in straw poll victories for Ron Paul with percentages as high as 81%. Dr. Paul has placed in a total of 16 straw polls now, tying him with Romney and thrusting him far beyond Giuliani in terms of visible support, and not a word about the trend can be heard from the mainstream media. To put this into perspective, there were over 4,800 articles in the mainstream media about the Iowa straw poll in which Mitt Romney spent over $200,000 ensuring his win, while there are a whopping 162 mainstream articles combined from all five straw polls in which Ron Paul was victorious.

    Full story at: http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/08/ron-paul-wins-five-straw-polls.html

    Ron Paul Straw Poll Victories

    New Hampshire Taxpayers, July 7 ~ 1st 65.3%
    North Carolina, Gaston GOP, August 13, ~ 1st 36.6%
    New Hampshire, Stafford, NH, August 18 ~ 1st 72.7%
    Alabama, August 18 ~ 1st 81.2%
    Washington State, August 21 ~ 1st 28.1%

    Utah GOP, June 12, 2nd 5.4%
    LibertyPapers.org conference, June 16 ~ 2nd 16.7%
    Georgia, Cobb Co. GOP, July 4 ~ 2nd 17%
    South Carolina, Georgetown Co., July 28 ~ 2nd 18%
    West Lafayette, Indiana, August 18 ~ 2nd 11.7%

    Number of Times Placing In Top Three

    Candidate 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Total
    Ron Paul 5, 5, 6, 16
    Mitt Romney 4, 6, 6, 16
    Fred Thompson 10, 4, 0, 14
    Rudy Giuliani 0, 3, 2, 5
    Mike Huckabee 0, 2, 3, 5

    Here’s a list of Ron Paul’s Straw Poll Results: http://www.ronpaul2008.com/straw-poll-results/

  • AndDru1

    Lord willing, it’s only the beggining. :)

  • Fabs

    A nice website to checkout previous campaign contributions (so unfortunately it wouldn’t show any increase for Huck until after the next quarter) is http://www.fec.gov.