Ames, from Ed Morrissey Hot Air :
The fun of the Ames straw poll came to an end this afternoon as the ballot count shows that 16,892 votes were cast, and Michele Bachmann (4823) won a narrow victory over Ron Paul (4671) â€” less than 200 votes difference. Tim Pawlenty finished in a distant third (2293), followed by Rick Santorum and then Herman Cain. Bachmann comes away with a win, but not by much â€” and since reports had her giving out 6,000 tickets to the event, it’s not exactly a big endorsement.
Rick Perry got 718 write-in votes without showing up at all.
The big winner, as I see it, Rich Perry, and his message socks,video:
Hat tip: Nice Deb .