AMES, Iowa (AP) As expected, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won an easy victory in a high-profile Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll.
Romney had spent millions of dollars and months of effort on an event that was skipped by two of his major rivals.
Romney scored 4,416 votes to outpace Mike Huckabee, who had 2,587 votes. Sam Brownback was third with 2,192 votes.
The biggest loser of the evening likely was Tommy Thompson, who finished in sixth place with 1,039 votes. He had said repeatedly that if he didn't finish in the top two his campaign was likely to end.
Fred Thompson got 203 votes. He was on the ballot, although not an officially declared candidate. Rudy Giuliani received 183 votes and John McCain got 101.
Announcement of the results was delayed for 90 minutes because a hand count was required on one of the 18 machines.