Straw Poll Roundup: Man Down, Man Down!

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Talking of quitters… We’ve now got a second candidate out of the Republican presidential race. Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore was the first to go (he dropped out in mid-July) and yesterday Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson followed him.

Thompson had more or less wagered everything on Iowa, and after finishing sixth in Saturday’s straw poll he decided to call it quits. Here are the full results of the straw poll, which I remind you, aren’t worth much. But nevertheless, take a good look at John McCain’s numbers. He didn’t campaign in the poll (nor did Giuliani or Fred Thompson), but heavens to Betsy:

– Mitt Romney 32% (bought his victory)
– Mike Huckabee 18% (he’s funny!)
– Sam Brownback 15%
– Tom Tancredo 14%
– Ron Paul 9%
– Tommy Thompson 7% (see ya!)
– Fred Thompson 1% (now the lone Thompson)
– Rudy Giuliani 1%
– Duncan Hunter 1%
– John McCain
– John Cox

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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