Ron Paul and the
Iowa Straw Poll
All eyes will be on Ron
Paul's results from the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday.
is no doubt that Ron Paul is the most popular candidate on the
Internet. But the Iowa Straw Poll results will be the real test
for the Republican and we will finally see if his Internet
popularity could transfer offline.
But lets not forget that the Iowa Straw
Poll is somewhat "tainted" and the results of the informal straw
poll should not be taken without any consideration. It was
reported that Ron Paul has purchased only 800 tickets for his
supporters, while Mitt Romney, the candidate which already has
been declared a winner of the Iowa Straw Poll by the media, is
offering free admission and a free transportation to the poll.
If enough supporters of Ron Paul take Romney's offer - we may
see the Internet candidate taking a good place on the poll
results. There is buzz on the Internet that quite a few of Ron
Paul's supporters will take Mitt Romney on his offer. Keep in
mind that about 40,000 people are expected to show up at the
Ames Straw Poll.
Of course, the major hurdle is the
absence of the two front runners - Rudy Giuliani and John
McCain. It would be hard to see where the Republican candidates
stand without looking at the entire picture. At the same time it
is highly unlikely that people who would have voted for Giuliani
and McCain at the Iowa Straw Poll would now cast their vote for
Ron Paul. If you support Ron Paul for President and you would
like to see where he stands compared to the rest of the GOP
candidates, the Iowa Straw Poll will be good to you.
With the danger of angering many fans of
Ron Paul, our prediction is that the Texas congressman will
place third or worse at the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday. Ron
Paul is currently listed with odds 30/1 to be the Republican
Candidate for the 2008 US Presidential Election and 75/1 to be
the next President, as posted by the online oddsmaker
Published on 08/11/2007