Ames Straw Poll — Rudy Giuliani

8th Place

In all fairness to Hizzoner, Rudy really wasn’t trying to win the Straw Poll. He did not participate and has no Iowa organization to speak of. His Iowa guy, former Representative and failed gubernatorial candidate Jim Nussle left to join the Bush White House.

If I were advising Rudy, I would have told him to stay away from Ames too. Over at the Iowa Independent blog, Chase Martyn writes:

It is the sad reality that many evangelicals vote based on candidates’ personal lives.

I think Chase is right, we told Bill Clinton that character matters and Iowa Republicans have told Rudy the same thing. Rudy is pro gun-control, pro-abortion and perhaps his most extreme position, he supports public funding for abortion. These views are so far from the views held by most Iowa caucus goers that his people understood that he had absolutely no chance of winning the Straw Poll (or the Iowa Caucuses for that matter.)

Rudy got 183 votes (1.3%). I am actually surprised, I thought Hunter and Cox would beat him.