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First Round of Iowa Republican Circus… oops, I mean “Caucus” Votes Are In

The first round of Iowa circus caucus votes are in… at in least the location, Urbandale IA, which I am viewing live via C-SPAN.  There are plenty more coming all over the state of Iowa.  Here are the results which I viewed (and a few screen shots of a typical low-quality live stream):

Mitt Romney:  116 votes;  34.6%
Rick Santorum:  82 votes;  24.5%
Ron Paul:  51 votes;  15.2%
Perry:  37:  11%
Newt Gingrich:  34 votes;  10%
Michele Bachmann:  14;  4.2%

Just now, unsure of location other than western Iowa, another batch counted:

Santorum:  41
Romney:  32
Ron Paul:  13
Newt Gingrich:  13
Michele Bachmann:  7
Perry:  6
Huntsman:  1

The Ranting Liberal just posted a larger percentage of votes (check his site out… it’s great!):

With 30.03% reporting….

Mitt Romney 7,425 (23%)
Ron Paul 7,375 (23%)
Rick Santorum 7,358 (23%)
Newt Gingrich 4,248 (13%)
Rick Perry 3,315 (10%)
Michele Bachmann 1,852 (6%)
Jon Huntsman 207 (1%)

No, I will not be posting updates throughout the night, but I do have a bowl of popcorn next to me, and ready to watch the rest of the results come in.  The entire GOP candidacy has really been little more than a joke.  Just as a large percentage of people are viewing this election, it is a vote for who appears to be the lesser of all the evils before us.  As far as this post goes, I just wanted to share the first counts of the poll ballots which came in.  Call me evil, but I do NOT care for Michele Bachmann at all, and seeing these low results she is receiving is rather gratifying.  Especially recently, watching her carry on about how she is going to win has pretty much been making sick to my stomach.  The only thing Bachmann is capable of running is tap water – most certainly not the POTUS, and I feel sorry for the state of Minnesota.

Here are the results from previous Iowa Caucus’s where the candidates in bold eventually won their party’s nomination.  Candidates in italics subsequently won the general election.

Republicans

  • 2008 – Mike Huckabee (34%), Mitt Romney (25%), Fred Thompson (13%), John McCain (13%), Ron Paul (10%), Rudy Giuliani (4%), and Duncan Hunter (1%)
  • 2004 – George W. Bush (unopposed)
  • 2000 – George W. Bush (41%), Steve Forbes (31%), Alan Keyes (14%), Gary Bauer (9%), John McCain (5%), and Orrin Hatch (1%)
  • 1996 – Bob Dole (26%), Pat Buchanan (23%), Lamar Alexander (18%), Steve Forbes (10%), Phil Gramm (9%), Alan Keyes (7%), Richard Lugar (4%), and Morry Taylor (1%)
  • 1992 – George H. W. Bush (unopposed)
  • 1988 – Bob Dole (37%), Pat Robertson (25%), George H. W. Bush (19%), Jack Kemp (11%), and Pete DuPont (7%)
  • 1984 – Ronald Reagan (unopposed)
  • 1980 – George H. W. Bush (32%), Ronald Reagan (30%), Howard Baker (15%), John Connally (9%), Phil Crane (7%), John B. Anderson (4%), and Bob Dole (2%)

Democrats

  • January 3, 2008 – Barack Obama (38%), John Edwards (30%), Hillary Clinton (29%), Bill Richardson (2%), Joe Biden (1%)
  • January 19, 2004 – John Kerry (38%), John Edwards (32%), Howard Dean (18%), Dick Gephardt (11%), and Dennis Kucinich (1%)
  • January 24, 2000 – Al Gore (63%) and Bill Bradley (37%)
  • February 12, 1996 – Bill Clinton (98%), “Uncommitted” (1%), Ralph Nader (1%)
  • February 10, 1992 – Tom Harkin (76%), “Uncommitted” (12%), Paul Tsongas (4%), Bill Clinton (3%), Bob Kerrey (2%), and Jerry Brown (2%)
  • February 8, 1988 – Dick Gephardt (31%), Paul Simon (27%), Michael Dukakis (22%), and Bruce Babbitt (6%)
  • February 20, 1984 – Walter Mondale (49%), Gary Hart (17%), George McGovern (10%), Alan Cranston (7%), John Glenn (4%), Reubin Askew (3%), and Jesse Jackson (2%)
  • January 21, 1980 – Jimmy Carter (59%) and Ted Kennedy (31%)
  • January 19, 1976 – “Uncommitted” (37%), Jimmy Carter (28%) Birch Bayh (13%), Fred R. Harris (10%), Morris Udall (6%), Sargent Shriver (3%), and Henry M. Jackson (1%)
  • January 24, 1972 – “Uncommitted” (36%), Edmund Muskie (36%), George McGovern (23%), Hubert Humphrey (2%), Eugene McCarthy (1%), Shirley Chisholm (1%), and Henry M. Jackson (1%)

Although not overwhelming, it is clear that a majority of candidates which won the Iowa Caucus went on to win their party nomination, which is why the Iowa Caucus is so important to all those running.

Here is an example of what Bachmann says which turns my stomach.  Is she not embarrassed?  I most certainly would be if I went around boasting to that level…


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6 Comments »

    • LOL… yes it is. Just read the comment and your response from the nursing mother. Woah… I almost went off on her, too. “Nipple confusion”? You’ve GOT to be kidding me!

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