Bachmann takes 5th place in Values Voter straw poll

WASHINGTON – Michele Bachmann’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination took another blow today when she took 5th place in the straw poll at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.

The gathering of religious conservatives represents the kind of voters Bachmann has relied upon throughout her career. Bachmann garnered 8 percent support with 157 votes cast in her favor, putting her far behind the winner, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who drew 37 percent support with 732 votes.

Second place went to former pizza magnate Herman Cain, who had 23 percent of the votes and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) took third place. Bachmann placed behind the fourth place winner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose entrance into the campaign marked the beginning of Bachmann’s declining fortunes.

In a sign of how badly her campaign wanted a win from this straw poll, Bachmann asked attendees for their vote during her address to the summit Friday evening, something none of the other presidential candidates in attendance did.

Bachmann can draw one consolation from the results: she came in ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the apparent front runner in the race who’s viewed with suspicion by social conservatives for past expressing some support for abortion and same-sex unions. Romney drew just four percent support from those who voted at the convention.

CORRECTION An earlier version of this post put Bachmann at fourth place before detailed results from the poll came out. Bachmann actually placed fifth.

The full results are below:

Votes Percentage

Michele Bachmann 157 8%

Herman Cain 447 23%

Newt Gingrich 54 3%

Jon Huntsman 2 0%

Ron Paul 732 37%

Rick Perry 167 8%

Mitt Romney 88 4%

Rick Santorum 323 16%

Undecided 13 1%

  • Bill Prendergast

    In this report, Brett Neely wrote:

    “The gathering of religious conservatives represents the kind of voters Bachmann has relied upon throughout her career.”

    …if that’s true, Brett…why didn’t MPR tell report that to its readers in 2006, when Bachmann was running for Congress?

    I mean: Bachmann began her political career in 1999, and then went on to the Minnesota State Senate. It is true that Bachmann depended heavily on the support of evangelical conservatives and the national and state evangelical conservative organizations, throughout her career.

    …so why didn’t MPR reporting include the fact of that support–when Bachmann was on her way up? (MPR did know that–I sent in Bachmann quotes and appearances on evangelical talk radio and Bachmann affiliations to the state and national religious right to this blog back before the congressional election in 2006.) Why didn’t Minnesota’s MPR report the fact of that national political network and its backing of local politician Bachmann, in their coverage of Bachmann’s rise in MN politics? Why did MPR wait until national news outlets reported that fact–to report that fact?

    This issue’s very serious: are there any Minnesota politicians right now, serving in state government–who are “relying on religious conservatives to make their careers?” If there are, and MPR knows that: they really should report that to their audience now–not seven years after the fact. Reporting that fact, courageously and in a timely manner, will change voting patterns in the state elections.

  • wayne

    this conference of the CCC….(Cu Clux Christians) was designed for bigots giving speeches to bigots and Bachmann told her usual inane fairy tales. Please Flush After Use!

  • Doug Indeap

    “Dogma voters” is the more fitting label. “Values voters” is a label invented by people who like to think of themselves as championing good human values. What many of them are pushing actually is dogma. “Values” are “the principles that help you to decide what is right and wrong, and how to act in various situations.” Cambridge Dictionary of American English. “Dogma” is “a fixed, esp. religious, belief or set of beliefs that people are expected to accept without any doubts.” Id. The two, we can only hope, overlap to some extent, but they are hardly the same. Some of what religious fundamentalists hold up as values others find plainly wrongheaded and even immoral. Labels count. Those pushing the “values voters” label hope it will help them pass off their dogma as values. If they want to push their dogma, that’s their right. But “dogma voters” they are, and that’s what I’ll call them.