Post-Iowa straw poll open thread

This weekend has been a big one in Republican politics as the dash to elect the nominee who we hope will defeat Barack Obama in November 2012 is on.  Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll, with Ron Paul finishing 2nd and T-Paw a distant third.  As a result of that finish, T-Paw announced today that he is dropping out of the race.  Mitt Romney, I should note, had no ground game in Iowa.

The other big news story of the weekend on the GOP 2012 front is the official entrance of Texas Governor Rick Perry into the Presidential race via an announcement/speech at the Red State convention in Charleston, SC yesterday. Many are speculating that the support of T-Paw’s disappointed followers will go to Perry.  The WH has also began its attack war on Perry as well, playing the “Perry=Bush” card that even some conservatives (some of who support Palin, from what I’ve seen) are throwing out on the table. 

At this stage in the game, I’m a Perry girl – although that could change if Sarah Palin were to announce her candidacy, which she’s hinting around at doing no later than next month.

Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the state of the race and what you expect to happen going forward.

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