Sam Brownback is strong! His momentum is building. This is a great result, folks! Your prayers have paid off!
From Cyclone Conservatives come the raw numbers:
Results are certified by State Auditor David Vaudt and Chairman Ray Hoffmann:
Mitt Romney 4516 31.5% Mike Huckabee 2587 18.1% Sam Brownback 2192 15.3% Tom Tancredo 1961 13.7% Ron Paul 1305 9.1% Tommy Thompson 1039 7.3% Fred Thompson 203 1.4% Rudy Giuliani 183 1.3% Duncan Hunter 174 1.2% John McCain 101 1.0% John Cox 41 0.1%
14,302 Total Votes
26,000 Total Tickets Sold
Congratulations, Sam. It’s time to get back to work.
NOTE: Romney bought this thing, so it’s no surprise that his dirty campaign cash won the day. But it’s obvious that America is thirsting for a good Christian Republican to lead this nation forward. Huckabee is a fine man, make no mistake about that. Sam came in a very respectable third place. He beat the odds and the media cannot ignore him now. His campaign will move on. Many others will not. Thanks for all your prayers. They were instrumental in this glorious victory!
NOTE 2: It does seem a little strange, the tickets sold versus the votes cast. 14,302/26,000 is roughly 55%. Considering that tickets cost $35 apiece, and 11,698 tickets were not used for a vote in the poll, that’s $409,430 spent with no vote cast. That’s a lot of money. Hmmm. If I were a Democrat, I’d call for a recount.
Update: Sam sez: “For running no advertising, no television, no radio, and to come in close to second and in third place — that is fabulous and a great tribute to this campaign.” Amen.
He continued: “The results today are this is a ticket to the caucuses,” he said. “Iowa’s a field of dreams … and I’ve still got the dream.”
Update 2: Some disturbing math:
Mitt spent 3 million dollars… divided by 4500 votes… = $666.66 per vote….
Is Mittens the anti-Christ? He is slick. It may well be time to pray.
Update 3: 10,000 tickets for 4,516 votes. Well done, Mittens! More than half the people who you bought tickets for couldn’t stomach voting for you. Hooray!
Update 4: Seen on the Brownback for President site:
Brownback Pleased with Strong Showing in Ames AMES, Iowa – U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, Republican candidate for president, today spoke to supporters at the conclusion of the Ames Straw Poll. “Today we leave Ames with a ticket to the Iowa caucuses,” said Brownback. “Given that we were outspent by more than 10 to 1 and faced a multi-million dollar advertising blitz, we built a great foundation as we head into the caucuses.” The Brownback campaign received 2,192 votes and spent approximately $325,000 on the Straw Poll.