Straw Poll Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 8/14/2011 8:55:50 AM EST
    Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum holds hand to heart as he listens to the U.S. national anthem, played at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Thousands mingled with presidential hopefuls on a college campus where they began voting Saturday in the first test to see how the candidates, trying to unseat President Barack Obama, are faring with the GOP base. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/14/2011 8:55:50 AM EST
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, greets supporters at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/14/2011 8:55:50 AM EST
    Republican presidential candidates, from left to right: former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich.; businessman Herman Cain; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. pose for a group photo at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/14/2011 8:35:58 AM EST
    A voter who voted for Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, shows his finger marked with indelible ink as he picks up a free shirt at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/14/2011 7:35:48 AM EST
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., takes to the stage to speak at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 8:10:45 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks to her supporters at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 5:56:15 PM EST
    A voter who voted for Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, shows his finger marked with indelible ink as he picks up a free shirt at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 5:56:14 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 5:56:14 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. dances with her husband Marcus before speaking to her supporters at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 4:20:47 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., arrives at a breakfast before the GOP Ames Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 4:20:47 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 4:20:46 PM EST
    Iowa residents register to vote for Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. at the GOP Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Thousands of Iowa Republicans mingled with presidential hopefuls on a college campus where they began voting Saturday in the Iowa Straw Poll, the first test to see how the candidates trying to unseat President Barack Obama are faring with the GOP base. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 3:50:49 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty stands with his wife Mary backstage before he speaks at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 3:50:48 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty speaks at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 2:50:49 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas greets supporters at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 2:50:48 PM EST
    Volunteers direct Iowa residents to register and vote for Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. at the Republican Party's Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 2:50:48 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., arrives at a breakfast before the GOP Ames Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 2:50:48 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife Karen walk behind a bagpiper at the GOP Ames Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Thousands of Iowa Republicans mingled with presidential hopefuls on a college campus where they began voting Saturday in the Iowa Straw Poll, the first test to see how the candidates trying to unseat President Barack Obama are faring with the GOP base. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 2:50:48 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and his wife Mary, right, arrive at a breakfast before the GOP Ames Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 8/13/2011 2:50:48 PM EST
    Iowa residents, wearing shirts in support of Republican presidential candidate former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, line up to vote at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Thousands of Iowa Republicans mingled with presidential hopefuls on a college campus where they began voting Saturday in the Iowa Straw Poll, the first test to see how the candidates trying to unseat President Barack Obama are faring with the GOP base. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)