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2:51 AM ET, August 12, 2007


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The Atlantic Online:
AMES: Romney WIns; Huckabee In Second  —  Gov Mitt Romney won the 2007 Ames straw poll, receiving 4516 votes, or 31%.  —  In a surprise, Gov. Mike Huckabee finished second with 2587 votes at 18.1%  —  11. John Cox with 41 votes.  —  10. John McCain with 101 votes.  —  9. Duncan Hunter with 174 votes.
Des Moines Register:
Romney wins, Huckabee in 2nd  —  Ames, Ia.  — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerged on top at Iowa GOP's straw poll Saturday in Ames.  —  The win boosted the former Massachusetts governor's standing as the party's frontrunner in Iowa, although attendance at this first show …
The Atlantic Online:
Straw Poll Results Delayed Due To Voting Machine Malfunction  —  AMES — The announcement of tonight's straw poll results has been delayed due to what one informed source says was a voting machine malfunction.  About 4,500 ballots had to be re-run.  We are waiting....
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Analysis: Huckabee's 2nd-Place 'Win' in Ames  —  AMES, Iowa — The biggest political event of the 2007 calendar year gave former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a victory, but the biggest winner may well be former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who placed a surprising second.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ames results: Quick notes  —  Romney's 31.5% victory is almost exactly what then-Gov. Bush picked up at Ames in 1999, but Romney's margin over his nearest competitor was higher than what Bush won with.  Romney bested Mike Huckabee by 13% while Bush defeated Steve Forbes by 10%.
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Romney Wins Straw Poll, Huckabee Takes Second  —  Results coming in now:  —  14,302 ballots cast  —  11th place: John Cox (41 votes, 0.3%)  —  10th place: John McCain (101 votes, 0.7%)  —  9th place: Duncan Hunter (174 votes, 1.2%)  —  8th place: Rudy Giuliani (183 votes, 1.3%)
Discussion: Marc Cooper and Reason Magazine
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Help Me Uncle Sam!  —  I'm on quasi vacation in the upper left-hand corner of the country (or at least the upper left hand corner of the lower 48, a distinction I offer in deference to my Alaskan relatives who surround me in abundance).  I haven't followed the Iowa straw poll closely …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Huckabee Celebrates Second-Place Finish  —  (Photo: Keith Bedford for The New York Times)  —  AMES, Iowa - When the Republican Straw Poll results were announced tonight, Mitt Romney had this to say: "I'm pleased as punch that I won!"  —  He was, of course, expecting to win.
Patrick Ruffini /
Huckabee!  —  Ames results are as follows:  —  Mitt Romney 4516 votes (31.0%)  —  Mike Huckabee 2587 votes (18.1%)  —  Sam Brownback 2192 votes (15.3%)  —  Tom Tancredo 1961 votes (13.7%).  —  Ron Paul with 1305 votes (9.1%)  —  Tommy Thompson 1,009 votes (7.3%)  —  Fred Thompson 231 votes (1.6%)
Reid Wilson / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
Iowa Dispatch: Instant Analysis
Discussion: Time and Iowa Voice
Talking Points Memo:   RESULTS FROM AMES  —  So, how'd things turn out in the Ames Straw Poll?
The Atlantic Online:
AMES: A Low Turnout: About 14,000
Discussion: TIME, Donklephant and New York Times
The Atlantic Online:   AMES: The Romney Victory
Associated Press:   Iowa Republican Party holds straw poll
Mark Preston / CNN:   Romney wins Iowa GOP straw poll
Eye /
Romney wins; conservatives split
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Open Left
New York Times:
Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll by a Sizable Margin
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Iowa teens churn out activism in Ames
Discussion: The Politico
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
The Army Responds  —  I recently emailed Col. Steve Boylan asking for whatever information he could provide regarding the status of the investigation of Scott Thomas Beauchamp.  Here is his response:
Washington Post:
How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won  —  For three days, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, had haggled with congressional leaders over amendments to a federal surveillance law, but now he was putting his foot down.  "This is the issue," said the plain-spoken …
Agence France Presse:
Pharmaceutical giant sues Red Cross over its emblem  —  After more than a century of sharing the same emblem, a red cross on a white field, Johnson & Johnson has sued the American Red Cross for using its trademark for other than non-profit purposes.  —  J&J claims the ARC is marketing …
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Johnson & Johnson Jump The Shark
Joshua Zumbrun / Washington Post:
The Sacrifices of Albania's 'Sworn Virgins'  —  A Rockville Filmmaker Tells Of an Old Custom That Both Liberates and Limits Women  —  When the Albanian journalist and author Elvira Dones was traveling in the mountains of northern Albania, she asked for directions from someone she thought …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Associated Press:
Embattled AG Gonzales visits Baghdad  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, under fire at home with calls for his resignation, is spending some time in Iraq.  —  The Justice Department said that Gonzales arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for his third trip to Iraq to meet …
New York Times:
Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years  —  Even as they call for an end to the war and pledge to bring the troops home, the Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the United States engaged in Iraq for years.  —  John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
New Iraq report to warn of attack  —  The Bush administration is finishing a National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq that paints a sobering picture of a mature civil war unlikely to be snuffed out through political progress, according to officials involved in the report's preparation.
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