Mitt Romney wins Iowa Straw Poll, Mike Huckabee surprises field

Mitt Romney wins Iowa Straw Poll, Mike Huckabee surprises fieldFormer Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa straw poll yesterday after receiving 31 percent or 4,516 of the 14,302 ballots cast. The Iowa straw poll, held at Iowa State University is part political rally, part summer festival, part fundraiser designed to give an early indication of Republican sentiment in the state before the caucuses. has Mitt Romney at 7 to 2 odds to become the Republican Candidate for President of the United States in 2008 after his victory on Saturday.

Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee surprised the rest of the field by coming in second with 2,587 votes, at 18 percent. Kansas Senator Sam Brownback came in third with 2,197 votes at 15 percent. Huckabee’s odds were off the board at the time published this piece.

Noticeable absent from the field were former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Senator John McCain making the event largely a race for second place. Giuliani is the odds on favorite at 6 to 5 odds to become the Republican nominee while McCain is listed at 2 to 1 odds.

Mike Huckabee's campaign was only able to afford to purchase 1,800 of the $35 tickets needed to vote, far fewer than he needed to come in second. "For all practical purposes, we won the Iowa straw poll," stated Huckabee. "No-one gets more mileage for their money."

Texas Representative Ron Paul received 9 percent of the ballots. Paul has co-sponsored a bill with Representative Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, to legalize internet gambling and repeal UIGEA.

“I believe strongly that the internet should not be regulated by the federal government and believes even more strongly that people should be free to engage in the activities they wish, as long as they are willing to take responsibility for their actions,” stated Ron Paul in a recent interview with Kira Wissman of

A strong showing in the Iowa straw poll does not guarantee success in the state's caucus or in securing the 2008 Presidential nomination. The event helps to flesh out the field and decide who should leave the stage. has posted political betting odds to win the Republican nomination to become President of the United States in 2008:

Rudy Giuliani 6-5

John McCain 2-1

Fred Thompson 2-1

Mitt Romney 7-2

Newt Gingrich 8-1

Mike Huckabee 15-1

Sam Brownback 15-1

Ron Paul 7-1

Tom Tancredo 50-1

Tommy Thompson 100-1

Duncan Hunter 100-1

Chuck Hagel 100-1

George Pataki 100-1

Condoleeza Rice 100-1

George Allen 100-1

Colin Powell 100-1

Jeb Bush 100-1

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