The Washington Post is reporting that Romney won the Ames Straw Poll and that Huckabee came in second. Here’s the list:
- Tommy Thompson (not to be confused with Fred)
I consider myself surprised by Huckabee’s strong showing. He’s strong on the stump, it’s true, but I had through the money Brownback had thrown into it would have made him the strong #2.
With McCain, Giuliani, and Fred Thompson not competing the question then becomes whether this is enough to give Huckabee a real push into the top tier of candidates. Will it mean a long-term bump in donations and media time and maybe get him some media-darling weeks to increase his public awareness?
On the other end of the polls I’d say this likely spells the end for Tommy Thompson and Ron Paul. Brownback finished strong enough to keep trying and I figure Tancredo won’t stop his crusade until he’s forced out.
What say ye, dopers?