The Iowa Straw Poll Mystery

Federal Jack
Aug 14, 2011

The official number of votes counted in the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll is 16,892. The general breakdown of the total is as follows:

4823 – Michelle Bachmann
4671 – Ron Paul
2293 – Pawlenty
1657 – Santorum
1456 – Cain
718 – Perry
567 – Romney
385 – Gingrich
69 – Huntsman
35 – McCotter

Ok, so let’s add up the votes (4823 + 4671 + 2293 + 1657 + 1456 + 718 + 567 + 385 + 69 +35 = 16,674). But wait a minute, the total votes counted were 16,892 right? So, of the total votes counted in the Iowa Straw Poll amounting to 16,892. The ten candidates listed above garnered 16,674. Well that leaves 218 votes unaccounted for.

So where did the remaining 218 votes go?

MSNBC has reported that the 218 is actually only 162 votes that are a “scattering” of ballots for candidates receiving less than one percent of the votes. Ok, fine, so who are these candidates? In addition, if as MSNBC is reporting it is only 162 and not 218, then where did the other 56 votes go? Hey! Let’s confuse the public even more!


Let’s move on shall we?

FOX News and most other news outlets seem to have solved this mystery. Instead of accuracy in reporting, they simply resort to saying, “Bachmann received 28 percent of the nearly 17,000 votes cast.” No need to count the votes, just say “nearly 17,000″.


To be very clear, Congressman Ron Paul and Senator Michele Bachmann only had 152 votes difference in the Straw Poll.

Bachmann wins by 152 votes, meanwhile 218 votes seem to be unaccounted for publicly. While I am sure there is a very good reason for the missing votes, this is precisely what causes distrust of government and the media.

One other mystery is why media outlets seem to erase Ron Paul from most headlines and instead replace him with Rick Perry.

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Two good examples are the Washington Post who have an article posted entitled, “Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll as Perry jumps in” just below the title is a photo of Ron Paul.


Another one is from Salon with an article entitled, “Let the fight for the right begin” just below the title is a photo of Bachmann and Rick Perry, then below the photo the article begins with, “Technically, the margin of victory for Michele Bachmann at Saturday’s Iowa straw poll was slight, with second-place finisher Ron Paul falling just 152 votes (or 0.9 percentage points) short of her tally. But everyone knows that Paul is a niche candidate.”


In closing I suppose we have two mysteries.

1. Where are the 218 unaccounted for votes?
2. Why are media outlets replacing Ron Paul’s second place victory with Rick Perry?

I am sure you all have answers, feel free to comment in.

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58 Responses to “The Iowa Straw Poll Mystery”

  1. Alex, this is what u call Washinton math…. In DC they use a different set of rules than we do! JExample… The SS fund has a T-Bill setting in a file cabinet in Iowa, for 4 trillion dollars… However, the politicians say that there is only 4 billion dollars… They say that the fund will run out in 2036. They all so say that there is 78 millon baby boomers. Maybe 79.. If u do the math it will fund all of them to the age of 74.. However, not all will live to that age.. Every year u hear Congress crying about the deficit… But what u do not hear is them talkiing about them how much money they skiimed off the SS trust fund. 4 trillion dollars seposited the ss account via T-Bills is suddenly 2 trillion dollars and the SS (entitlement) fund is broke. Washington say’s SSN IS PAYED OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET. Since the baby boomers have risen to the top of the pay off pyramid, there is not enough workers to pay them off. This math has turned SS in to a giant ponzi scheme…

  2. Ron Paul wins the Iowa Online Straw Poll with 44%, the Yahoo Poll with 33%. and the FOX poll with 54%, plus by several accounts and my own, in the comment sections of several blogs, acting as an Exit Poll, Ron Paul easily comes out ahead with 60% of the comments in his favor.
    And he comes out 1% behind Bachmann?

    I do not by this for one second. I’m reminded of how they can rig the machines so the person they want always comes out with a 1% edge.

    Now that Perry has entered the race the CONN (Corporate Owned News Networks) will focus on Perry and Bachmann trying to quell Ron Paul’s thunder. We need to double our efforts so that not even their dirty tactics and rigged machines can hide the truth of the strength of Ron Paul’s following!

  3. Just watched the morning news shows. I did not hear Ron Paul mentioned. One I did not watch from the start, so maybe he was mentioned, but not to the degree the losers were. On “Face the Nation”, his name was not mentioned. Can you imagine. If Pawlenty or Romney had won the same number of votes as Ron Paul, it would have been a dead heat, with both candidates being interviewed. It would have been a sharing of the spotlight, with Bachman being questioned because it was her home state. Nope, no Ron Paul, nothing. That doesn’t even address the votes issues.

  4. Just looked at a Yahoo poll~
    Yahoo! Poll

    If you were voting in the Ames Straw Poll, whom would you vote for?

    Mitt Romney
    Mitt Romney (14513)

    Michele Bachmann
    Michele Bachmann (13252)

    Tim Pawlenty
    Tim Pawlenty (1954)

    Jon Huntsman
    Jon Huntsman (3988)

    Newt Gingrich
    Newt Gingrich (5358)

    Ron Paul
    Ron Paul (21490) – your vote

    Rick Santorum
    Rick Santorum (2146)

    Herman Cain
    Herman Cain (9957)

    as of 9:22 a.m. 8-14-2011

    • Bachman is 12 points under Paul
      Paul leads the poll.
      I knew those pukes were lying!

  5. I am delighted with glee at all of your frustrations…its music to my ears…Were taking America back and leaving you freaks behind…

    Perry 2012

    • Ron Paul has gained a great following where I live, especially among those who voted for Obama last time. Finally, a lot of people have had the opportunity to hear what Ron Paul has to say, and we heartily agree. Last election, we did not even know who Ron Paul was, because he always got edited out of the globalist news. We could tell BEFORE the primaries that Obama would be president because the idiots on TV covered him constantly. Perry has been chosen by the Bilderberg group. That in itself is enough to vote against Perry. This time the media criticizing and ignoring Ron Paul only makes people sit up and look into it.
      Ron Paul is our only hope. Maybe Rand Paul in 2016, if there are any more elections.

  6. One day in the not too distant future we will have no more illegitimate elections or election fraud. Justice will be restored. The Republic will be restored. The U.S. Constitution will be restored. The Bill of Rights will be restored. Respect for citizens their right to privacy will be restored. Corruption will not be able to sustain itself any longer. Free travel will be restored. Humanity will be restored, last but not least, America will be restored.

    The filthy disgusting bought out media is going to have its day, when all of the bias is removed replaced w/ real people, real reporters, real journalists. It’s not going to happen over night, but it is going to happen when we replace the ignorant elite who is ruining this country, running it to the ground, turning it into a 3rd world country, for consumption by the NWO its minions. Their day will come. Freedom will triumph once again. The world will be free. Liberty Justice For All will reign again. Ron Paul 2012 !!!

    • What a simply lovely fairy tale, Jimmy,
      Of course it won’t happen in this existence,
      but your dream must be fun while its happening,
      Are there marmalade pies there too?

      No one I think is in my tree
      I mean it must be high or low
      that is you know you can’t, tune in
      but its alright
      that is I think its not to bad.

  7. I remember when Paul won the Dixville Notch poll. I don’t remember whether it was 1988 or a subsequent election season, but I DO remember that the media ignored the poll–one that they usually ballyhooed to no end as a great predictive device.

    I remember repeatedly seeing the press report the election results as the two candidates receiving a total of 100% of the vote, i.e., candidate n gets 48% and candidate z gets 52%–thus leaving out all tallies for the other candidates, who did actually get a percentage of note. I remember lodging a protest at the local NBC station where I lived then, and having the station manager come out and cuss US out for protesting it. “See if I ever cover your events any more,” he said. What a turdbag.

    These games and tricks are, thankfully, becoming quite transparent, thanks to various coverage, most especially the “alternative” media, but also by the fact that communication is now lightning speed.

    I think we can thank the whoozits who wanted to Borgify us all for that unintended, but exceedingly beneficial, consequence. The FACT that the nonsense is becoming transparent is why the establishment media is losing ground: everybody hates the horse manure they try to feed us.

    Yeah, they think we’re mushrooms: keep us in the dark, feed us horseshit, and we’ll thrive. They have no idea how wrong they are; we will survive the environment long enough to find real food in it, parse between truth-exposing and deceptive light, and then we’ll throw the buggers into the dustbin of history–yet another of myriad total control seeking regimes deposed over the course of human history.

    Let’s do it now.

    • And how did that work out for Ron Paul with actual votes that count? Rick Perry will create jobs in America. That is the number one issue and will elect him in a landslide. The man remines me of Reagan when he speaks. I am proud to be an American. I dont eespise my country like many of you. I think you need to take a lesson in positive thinking. Mmy wife and I lost $4000 in the market in our savings last week and 6K in our 401K. We are very optimistic that when the GOP returns to power next year, the prosperity that we enjoyed prior to a few years ago will return. Conservatism=prosperity for business. We own businesses. What is Ron Paul going to guarantee to us that we will continue success? Rick Perry has a proven record that we can rely upon and Ron Paul has a bunch of rhetoric not unlike Sotero. The Paulians are very remenicient of the Obamunists in that way…and when my wife and I look at the Paulians we ususally get a good chuckle at watching the freaks freak out.

      • this is so profoundly naive it doesnt merit any real response

      • dodododododododododododododododododododododododo


  9. Those numbers look made up. I can imagine Michele winning since it’s her home state, but Romney should have finished much higher than a couple of the people listed here. Hopefully Ron Paul will be the one to restore our democracy.

    A military coup d’etat began in 2008 with the introduction of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate.

    Obama is not the president, he’s the acting president. He disappeared for 2 weeks after his election win only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. Obama is now a Pentagon puppet. Who did you think writes his teleprompter?

    This is the real story that the media is not and cannot report on. Here’s what Obama, Osama, Biden, Bin Laden, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists, and Sarah Palin had to do with the last election and the military’s overthrow of our government. Search ElectNoMoreSpys.blogspot

    • Palin caused the coup? Who won the election? You are totally delusional.

  10. There is NO “mystery” here. Rather, it is “business as usual.” Anyone who is even mildly surprised that MSNBC would do this, anyone who didn’t see it coming from years ago, is a complete fool and deserves to have their crotch groped at the airport.

    Ron Paul is NOT going to be President. It’s that simple. Every single element in the New World Order Leviathan will be called into play to stop Ron Paul just like they were four years ago. Anyone who thinks that the American selection system is going to operate any differently in 2012 than it did in 2008 is a complete idiot.

    As for Michelle Bachmann: I wonder if she shaves it? I’d like to see her and Sarah Palin git nekkid and git down. That’s the only thing those two are good for.

    • It doesn’t matter if Ron Paul isn’t going to be the President. Those of us who are throwing our weight behind him, aren’t doing it so we can see him become President, but so that we can raise awareness of liberty and organize together into groups who believe in libertarian philosophies.

      Part of doing that, involves Ron Paul using the media and the political system in a way that they cannot control. Ron Paul is the beginning of a much larger and longer war and Ron Paul will likely be long dead before the fruits of his labor are harvested.

      While I hope Ron Paul becomes President, I don’t put my eggs in one basket. True freedom can only be obtained by exercising your rights.

    • Last paragraph screwed your whole argument.You sounded good till the muff comment!
      Dis-cuss-ting Pig, can’t you keep your perversions to yourself!

  11. The hype before elections is “every vote counts”. Of course, those making these statements are by and large hypocrites who say one thing and do another. The ommission of actual votes is typical in NY and Florida, so why not in Iowa?

    The problem is that entrenched establishment types get to count and report the vote. And when all the vote results are not provided we have — a rigged election. And, who is the beneficiary?


    • in case nobody can do the math 69 and 35 votes are also far less than “1% of the votes”.

      can anyone say hanging chad?

  13. Yeah I’m sure there’s a “good”reason that those 218 votes weren’t counted. A good reason like the globalists can’t put Ron Paul in a position where the main stream media has to cover him! LISTEN YOU GLOBALIST PIGS WE ARE COMING FOR YOU! YOU WILL BE TRIED AND EXECUTED AND MAYBE THE HANGING WILL “ACCIDENTALLY” GET LEAKED ON THE INTERNET LIKE THE SADDAM HANGING! WE ARE COMING WITH OUR CANDIDATE TO END YOUR TYRANNY!!!!! You all better just hope we take the high road when it comes to your wives, sons, and daughters! If scum like you even care about your “loved ones”!

  14. Rick Perry is replaced because he is the relevant candidtae that mainstream America will elect as president. Ron Paul does not support Israel therefore I do not support him. Ron Paul is soft on terror and wants to appease our enemies. He would make an excellent secretary of treasury but I will NOT waste my precious vote on him for POTUS. Go ahead and gang up on me now like PAULIANS predictably do on their cult following.

    I am delighted to declare to you that RickvPerry will be our next president.

    • Your “precious” vote.. LOL. You have missed the point completely.

    • I won’t vote for him either,
      Chuck Baldwin
      Dems and repucks can all KMA (kiss my ass)
      Not another penny for either dem or rep party

  15. Ron Paul is the people’s choice but, the shadow govenment chooses Rick Perry. This is where we must inform those that buy into the false image of Perry with the truth. I have been doing this since mid July. People are suprised to hear that Perry was Al Gore’s campaign manager. They have never heard about the Texas corridor and the connection to an American Union. They didn’t know he went to Bilderburg in 2007. These are the things we must get out to the uninformed public. This is how we can fight back with the truth against the false puppet Rick Perry. Get the truth out! You wouldn’t believe the looks on their faces when I give them the proof and they are faced with the truth. Priceless!

    • Its funny because foe the last two months, the people have been begging this guy to run. You hysterically come up with all of these silly conspiracy theories but fail to prove any of them. The simple fact is that Perry is a Christian and the man has a proven track record of success in Texas in creating jobs during this negative economic cycle.

      And in case you have been hiding under a rock, the number one concern for Americans today and in this election absolutely is job creation. And who among all of the candidates has the proven track record of creating jobs?

      Heres what I find ridiculous about some of you folks… You call everyone else evil except for yourselves and at the same time advocate a violent uprising. Here’s a newsflash: we the people are taking America back from the statists and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with your silly ideas and conspiracy theories.

      The American people are conservative with traditional Christian values. The VAST majority of us are NOT libertarian anarchists. We believe in faith, family and country.

      Have fun being frustrated when Ron Paul defeats himself at the polls with his isolationist ideas. Peace comes through strength, not Jimmy Carter type appeasement that the Paulians espouse.

      • The NWO philosophy driven Neocon elders referred to Christianity as a “noble lie”. They’ve openly written about how halfwitted Archie Bunkers like yourself with your poster of John Wayne hanging on the wall are easily manipulated with lip service paid to nationalism, toughness, and family values. Once upon a time real conservatives viewed Israel, or the Jewish world influence, with the same disdain that Jefferson, Franklin, Washington and the rest of our Founding Fathers held.

        In the 1970′s the pro-war, pro-Israel foreign policy, NWO Jewish elite broke ranks with the Democrat party over the anti-war opposition to the Vietnam War, and infiltrated the republican party and bastardized the party of Barry Goldwater with their liberal policies and globalist agenda.

        Neocons are Big Govt lovin’, pro-war globalists. Liberal Democrats are Big Govt lovin’, closet pro-war globalists. Same party with the same globalist agenda. Only difference is superficial lip service paid for the dumb sheep like illferris who think they are getting a choice.

  16. The Republican Party are scoundrels. People will either get on board with Ron Paul or they simple are going to be disappointed. I will no longer vote my freedoms away simple to have a winning criminal in the White House….yeah, it gives you bragging rights that only a moron would brag about. DON’T SPLIT THE TICKET, VOTE FOR RON PAUL!

    • Don’t split the ticket? What ticket?????????????
      There is no “ticket” till they vote for a candidate.
      You all claim to be constitutionalists, welll…………………..
      We don’t want or need another republican or democrat in the white house

  17. NEWS = in the olden days the King would send out a 4 knights – 1 North – 1 East – 1 West 1 South to see what was going on in the Kingdom. Hence the NEWS… the value of the NEWS was that the King always knew what was really going on. The King understood that the VALUE of the NEWS was only as good as it’s distribution and that which was reported to the masses. This is still true today. Trading stocks taught me this lesson – I’d know something about company X – but the what doesn’t matter as much as how much press coverage an issue receives. I saw how the media marginalized Ron Paul in the last election… expect a repeat by the MSM. ” WE THE PEOPLE ” HAVE TO BE THE NEWS! Bring back the Ron Paul Blimp all the other outlandish promotions. Spread the NEWS!

  18. How many campaign dollars would someone have to spend to get the publicity bump Michelle Bachmann got from a Newsweek cover. In a campaign where it’s all about trying to motivate only a few thousand voters the publicity didn’t need to be positive. The negative cover certainly motivated SOME of the more timid Bachmann voters to show up and plunk their money down. Thirty dollars is probably what some of them would have paid to see Randy Travis anyway.

    Now for the mysterious missing votes…. To say that they were spread out among a “scattering” of ballots for candidates garnering less than 1% of the vote ignores the fact that they do list two candidates (Huntsman and McCotter) finished well below that mark. Indeed McCotter only received 0.2%. The inclusion of Perry shows that they aren’t allergic to including write-in candidates.

    You only really have to steal 58 votes from Ron Paul before you have to face conclusively that he and Bachmann tied at 28%. The percentage is common shorthand in reporting election results so I would think that the powers that be really wanted to be able to say there was that difference in the two candidates.

    The people running the polls have an obligation to account for enough votes in their reporting to explain the gap between the two front runners. It’s not hard to keep up with less than 17,000 votes and the 56 votes that are unaccounted for even by vague generalities are more than the total number of votes received by McCotter who was on the ballot, participated in the debate and had his vote total reported.

    One last thing. Why don’t these results make Romney look like a pure loser??

  19. Huffingtonpost wins the prize with today’s headline, ‘Ames Win Positions Michele Bachmann As Rick Perry’s Top Obstacle To Be Anti-Romney.’ What!? The Democratic party establishment is terrified of Paul because they know how popular he is among their own base, especially the anti-war left. Paul would steal a lot of democratic votes from Obama, whereas Bachmann would not.

  20. 218= 11 the illuminatti favorite number are they hinting at something. who is counting the votes ??

  21. end all elections.

    • Yes we must have dictatorship with roaddog6 in charge……

      • another idiot.

  22. ”I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.” Josef Stalin.

  23. recognized the attempt to blend the Rick Perry image, to the brand name of Ron Paul the Presidential candidate; can a substitute with no substance replace a genuine brand? Of course, the marketplace will determine value, it always does..

    “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”-2 Corinthians 11:13-15

    • Thank you!

  24. You expect HONESTY from a system that brought US
    Lesser of two evils for decades and
    CHOOSE : McInsane or Barry Soetoro ?
    You honestly think that this system has improved in the last 3 years??


  25. Yes, the corporate MSM is bending over backwards for the Bilderberg’s favorite stooge, Rick Perry, who received only about 4% of the vote. They mention his name like a religious mantra trying very hard to connect him in the same sentence with Michele Bachmann, while giving Ron Paul as little attention and as much impotence as possible. It’s truly obvious and even hilarious to see how the MSM is being so blatantly manipulative and lacks any credibility. But remember, the MSM can only go so far as they are allowed to do, like a salivating dog straining on a short leash who wants to break free but can’t. They are becoming very desperate now in the parroting of their mindless and incredulous script.

    Free PYO (Print Your Own) full-sized bumper stickers-

    • Um Perry wasnt even on the ballot and got 4%…

  26. I was listening to the BBC coverage last night. The anchor mentionned Romney, Perry and Bachmann, but avoided mentionning Ron Paul`s name at all. The only reference was when the US correspondent referred to Pawlenty coming third after Ron Paul. There is a clear BBC agenda to tray and make Ron Paul dissappear from it`s news coverage. Why?

  27. Instead of accuracy in reporting, they simply resort to saying…

    MSM resorts to saying just about anything it wants and the gullible public never knows the difference. “News” – a quite powerful tool for managing the masses.

    • Think of the press as a great keyboard
      on which the government can play.”
      — Joseph Goebbels

      • “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle.
        They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.”
        — Joseph Goebbels
        And sheeple have not changed in a millenia ! They still suck on the ninny that is gobermint yap, wether it be in print, on TV or online..

      • “What luck for the rulers that men do not think” ~Adolf Hitler

        “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over” ~ Joseph Goebbels

  28. The power to be are telling you who to vote for. Is this freedom or is everyone just ignoring this very simple fact. Your living in a dictatorship!!!

    • “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
      ~Joseph Goebbels

      • X-man,
        Keep up the good work!

  29. No doubt Rick Perry intentionally held off his announcement until the same day that Ron Paul was expected to do very well at the Iowa Straw Poll. Why else wait until the day of such an important event and not be a part of it?

    • Its a scripted soap opera, drama injected at just the right times to cover up what change there might be for WE THE PEOPLE.
      Keep em confused, keep em guessing, make em dizzy
      and keep their $change$( taxed to incremental death)

  30. Go to DNotice(org) and scroll down to the current article (July 6) on the reason for the Six-Day War and the explanation for the Soviet involvement in that war. This was the war where the Arab’s Long-Range Strategy towards Israel became operational. It also explains how Israel was able to supposedly roll over the Arabs so quickly.

    • Enough already!

      • Lol that deans on repeat mode. Someone switch him off

        • Got it!
          Switch off………………………………………………………..
          (did it work?)

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