Iowa has rewarded native daughter Michele Bachmann with a victory in its Republican Party Straw Poll for President in 2012. Texas Congressman Ron Paul came in a close second in the vote.
The win is a big move for Bachmann and immediately bumps her up into the elite contenders for the White House in 2012.
The win by Bachmann was so crushing to Tim Pawlenty that he dropped out of the race.
Michele Bachmann really is on a roll lately, but her influence is about to be muted by the entry of Texas Governor Rick Perry into the race.
Perry has a record of success and job creation that stands out in the field of candidates.
Bachmann will have a difficult time fending off the popular Conservative Governor.
Thaddeus McCotter, Jon Huntsman, and Newt Gingrich did poorly in the straw poll, attracting very few supporters. They should probably drop out of the race.