Ramsey backs Perry, Perry declares for President, gets 712 write-in votes at Iowa Straw Poll
Texas Governor Rick Perry has hinted for some time that he might enter the campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination. Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey was so enthused about the idea that last Wednesday he issued a press release which practically begged Perry to run for President. Rick Perry didn’t have an official presence at the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday, but he still managed to get more votes than the person who the national press has pegged as the GOP front-runner.
While winning the Iowa Straw Poll is a major campaign accomplishment, it is equally important to finish better than a candidate or a candidate’s supporters might have expected. Considering this, the results of this year’s Ames event were good for former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, who did much better than expected despite finishing 4th, but very bad for former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who finished 3rd after his campaign spent had already spent months organizing in Iowa on the ground. The result prompted Pawlenty to drop out of the presidential campaign.Despite not having an official presence at the Ames Straw Poll, Governor Perry received 712 votes as a write-in, more raw votes than the so-called national Republican front-runner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who finished 7th with 587 votes.