RE: Ames | The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
RE: Ames
by

The only candidate who scored a near-win at Ames who really bombed at the Iowa caucuses was Phil Gramm. Gramm, as you noted, tied for first with Bob Dole in the straw poll, which reflected his success at fundraising and organization.

But Gramm participated in the Louisiana caucuses, which came before Iowa and thus angered many Iowans. Even worse, he lost those Bayou State caucuses to Pat Buchanan. Finally, he didn’t have PJB’s level of support among Iowa’s Christian conservatives. So Gramm did not get a ticket out of Iowa to the New Hampshire primary. Buchanan of course won the Granite State primary and would have won Iowa too if Alan Keyes had not been on the ballot.

George H.W. Bush won the straw poll and the caucuses during the 1980 cycle. Pat Roberston won the straw poll and came in second in the caucuses, beating out then Vice President Bush, in the ’88 cycle.

Sign Up to receive Our Latest Updates! Register

Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://thespectator.com/world.

Be a Free Market Loving Patriot. Subscribe Today!