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12:25 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.
Discussion: The Corner and Connecting.the.Dots
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Straw Poll Expectations Setting  —  AMES, Iowa — It's finally here.  —  The Fix drove 45 minutes north from Des Moines this morning through land dominated by corn fields to arrive in this college town that, for today at least, is at the center of the political universe.  —  The atmosphere is like a carnival.
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%)
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Associated Press:
Iowa Republican Party holds straw poll  —  AMES, Iowa: As many as 40,000 Republicans joined in Iowa for a high-profile straw poll in a chance to narrow the party's field of U.S. presidential candidates.  —  The results were delayed by more than an hour Saturday night, which the Republican Party …
Mark Preston / CNN:
Romney wins Iowa GOP straw poll  —  AMES, Iowa (CNN) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Iowa Republican straw poll Saturday, giving his campaign a boost six months before the state holds its first-in-the-nation caucuses.  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in second, followed by Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback.
The Atlantic Online:
AMES: A Low Turnout: About 14,000  —  Campaign officials estimate that around 14,000 Iowans cast straw ballots today.  That's about sixty percent of the 23,500 who voted in 1999.  So, turnout is clearly low.  But that's not surprising, given that three major candidates refused to attend.
Discussion: TIME and Donklephant
Talking Points Memo:
RESULTS FROM AMES  —  So, how'd things turn out in the Ames Straw Poll?  The final tally was delayed after a voting-machine error (insert sly joke here), but here are the results, by way of  —  1. Mitt Romney  —  2. Mike Huckabee  —  3. Sam Brownback  —  4. Tom Tancredo
New York Times:
Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll by a Sizable Margin
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Eye /
Romney wins; conservatives split
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Open Left
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Iowa teens churn out activism in Ames
Discussion: The Politico
Gail Collins / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Republicans in the Straw
New York Times:
How a 'Good War' in Afghanistan Went Bad  —  Two years after the Taliban fell to an American-led coalition, a group of NATO ambassadors landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, to survey what appeared to be a triumph — a fresh start for a country ripped apart by years of war with the Soviets and brutal repression by religious extremists.
Nathaniel Fick / Washington Post:
Fight Less, Win More
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Johnson & Johnson Jump The Shark  —  Via Raw Story, a tale of such mind-bogglingly venal corporate greed and stupidity as to make your jaw go thunk.  Johnson & Johnson has sued the American Red Cross for using its trademark redcross on a white background emblem "for other than non-profit purposes".
Agence France Presse:   Pharmaceutical giant sues Red Cross over its emblem
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 …
Paul V. Dutton / Boston Globe:
France's model healthcare system  —  MANY advocates of a universal healthcare system in the United States look to Canada for their model.  While the Canadian healthcare system has much to recommend it, there's another model that has been too long neglected.  That is the healthcare system in France.
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