Anti-gay Michele Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll

Sat. August 13, 2011 8:42 PM by News Staff

Ames, Iowa - Anti-gay Tea Party candidate Michele Bachmann won a major victory on Saturday at the Iowa Republican Party straw poll.

As the New York Times reported, the straw poll is "hardly a perfect laboratory of democracy." Participants have to pay $35 to vote, and campaigns put on huge carnival-like feasts.

In all, 16,892 Republicans voted. Bachmann got 4,823, Texan Ron Paul 4,671, and Tim Pawlenty was a distant third with 2,293.

Bachmann was born in Iowa, but she is currently representing the state of Minnesota in Congress.

Rick Perry announced on Saturday that he's also running for President, and political experts said that's going to make things tough for Bachmann.

"This is her moment, and it's going to be a short moment because Perry will come after her," Iowa pollster J. Ann Selzer told the Des Moines Register. "I expect Rick Perry to come out with both guns blazing.