Friday, August 18, 2006

Iowa Straw Poll!

The first Iowa straw poll from the Iowa State Fair was released on Wednesday, and it indeed had some interesting results for the many 2008 contenders. The "Iowa Votes" blog was even kind enough to give a quick sample of what Cornhusker voters thought of the hopefuls:

From the IV blog:

The dems:
Hillary Clinton 33% (Love her or hate her, Iowans know who she is)
John Edwards 33% (Still popular. And how many ladies told me he's hot?)
Tom Vilsack 13% (At least he did better than the Des Moines Register's Poll)
John Kerry 9% (2004 is a long time ago)
Evan Bayh 3% (One guy called him Birch)
Russ Feingold 2% (Who is he, many asked us)
Joe Biden 2% (1988 is really a long time ago)Tom Daschle 2% (Will he really run?)
Wesley Clark 1% (The General could be in for a quite a battle)
Mark Warner 1% (The new democrat is a new name to many Iowans)

The repubs:
John McCain 24% (Met many friends at the fair)
Rudy Giuliani 22% (9/11 made him strong among "r's")
Condoleeza Rice 22% (Never been a politician. Many here say she should)
Newt Gingrich 10% (Contract with America still pretty strong)
Mitt Romney 9% ("R" in a "D" state at home; middle of the pack here)
Bill Frist 6% (The doc may need some more patients)
Mike Huckabee 2% (Lost a ton, hasn't found a ton of support)
George Pataki 2% (Stands tall among peers, falls short in poll)
George Allen 1% (Is the Hall of Fame coach more known here?)
Sam Brownback 1% (So much for sharing the midwestern love)

These numbers aren't that surprising - save for the big support for Condi Rice. We all know that people love her, but enough to put her in a near tie with John McCain (who is currently on a tour of Iowa, trying to drum up even more support)? The pressure for her to run may already be building. The GOP brass may see her as a solid alternatvie to the maverick JMac.


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