The Ames Iowa Straw Poll 2011 results are in and Michele Bachmann won, finishing in first place with about 29% of the vote. Ron Paul was a close second, with over 28%, a mere 152 votes behind Bachmann, 4,823 to 4,671, Tim Pawlenty presidential bid ended Sunday despite finishing third with 2,293, just under 14%. Rick Santorum and Herman Cain rounded out the top 5 with 1,657 and 1,456 votes respectively, putting both just under 10% each. Rick Perry, who announced his bid for the White House in South Carolina yesterday, received some 718 write-in votes, beating Mitt Romney who only got 567. The rest of the field, Newt Gingrich with 385 votes, Jon Huntsman with 69 and Thad McCotter with only 35 votes are hardly worth mentioning. What is worth mentioning is that despite his third place showing, Tim Pawlenty has decided this morning to call it quits and end his presidential campaign.
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