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Posted December 1, 2011
Paul wins Dubuque Tea Party straw poll; Cedar Falls poll set Dec. 13

The Cedar Valley Tea Party will host it’s first Presidential Straw Poll at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Cedar Falls.

The Straw Poll event will include special guest speaker Rod Blum, 1st District Iowa congressional candidate and Dubuque businessman.

Dubuque Tea Party member Joel Pusateri (left) counts votes while Tom Intorcio, a field representative for Rick Santorum, pays close attention during a round of voting at the group's first straw poll in Dubuque on Thursday, Dec. 1. Through five rounds of voting, presidential candidates were eliminated, leaving Ron Paul the winner with 59 votes to Newt Gingrich's 24. (Jeremy Portje/Dubuque Telegraph-Herald)

“We are very excited to invite everyone to participate in our straw poll,” said Judd Saul, Cedar Valley Tea Party founder. “I hope this is a good indicator of how conservatives are going to vote on Jan 3. Its going to be fun event and it will give people a chance to leave their PC guards at the door and enjoy some good political discussion.”

The event will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the PIPAC Center , 1521 Technology Pkwy., Cedar Falls.

There is no charge for the event and it is open to the public.

For more information, contact Saul at (319) 504-1771 or judd@cedarvalleyteaparty.com.

To learn more about the Cedar Valley Tea Party please visit, www.cedarvalleyteaparty.com.

The Cedar Fall straw poll comes on the heels of Texas Rep. Ron Paul winning the Dubuque Tea Party presidential straw poll Dec. 1.

Approximately 90 Dubuque Tea Party members were in attendance. Five elimination rounds of voting took place and in round five Paul defeated Newt Gingrich 59 to 24. Paul led the voting in all five rounds, for example winning 49 votes in the first round.

Paul won despite his competitors Gingrich and Rick Santorum calling into the straw poll. Gingrich phoned in for five minutes and fielded three questions. In addition to phoning in for five minutes Santorum was represented by a surrogate.

Paul was represented by Dubuque Tea Party co-founder Jeff Luecke, who last June endorsed Ron Paul for the presidency.

Dubuque Tea Party co-founder Michael Heeren also has endorsed Ron Paul.

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