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Michele Bachmann wins Ames, Iowa straw poll

Michele Bachmann in the White House just got one step closer to reality.
Michele Bachmann in the White House just got one step closer to reality.

Michele Bachmann won today's straw poll in Ames, Iowa, edging out Ron Paul by just 150 votes as well as former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who finished in third.

Bachmann's win grants her instant political legitimacy and positions her as a frontrunner in a crowded Republican field that today added another potential major contender in Rick Perry.

Many political observers thought that only one Minnesota candidate would survive Iowa. Tim Pawlenty's third place showing may spell the end of his quixotic campaign.

Here's the finishing order:

1. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (4823, 28.55%)

2. Congressman Ron Paul (4671, 27.65%)

3. Governor Tim Pawlenty (2293, 13.57%)

4. Senator Rick Santorum (1657, 9.81%)

5. Herman Cain (1456, 8.62%)

6. Governor Rick Perry (718, 3.62%) write-in

7. Governor Mitt Romney (567, 3.36%)

8. Speaker Newt Gingrich (385, 2.28%)

9. Governor Jon Huntsman (69, 0.41%)

10. Congressman Thad McCotter (35, 0.21%)

Michele Bachmann wins Ames, Iowa straw poll

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