Perry Jumps In, Results Expected Soon in Straw Prize / Open Thread (Update: Bachmann Ekes Out Win)

So, Rick Perry, 61,  has now officially broken his promise not to run for the presidency.

Gov. Palin is in Illinois.

Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul are considered the favorites for victory in the Straw Poll.

You can watch the results live on a Hot Air feed.

What else is going on tonight?

(Ian is busy, so I’m filling in).

Update: The results are in. Fewer than 200 votes (or less than one percentage point) separated Mini-Me (4823) from Let Iran Have the Bomb (4671). Tim Pawlenty was a distant third.

1. Michele Bachmann (4823, 28.55%)

2. Ron Paul (4671, 27.65%)

3. Tim Pawlenty (2293, 13.57%)

4. Rick Santorum (1657, 9.81%)

5. Herman Cain(1456, 8.62%)

6. Rick Perry (718, 3.62%) write-in

7. Mitt Romney (567, 3.36%)

8. Newt Gingrich (385, 2.28%)

9. Jon Huntsman (69, 0.41%)

10. Congressman Thad McCotter (35, 0.21%)

Scattering (162, 0.96 %) Includes all those receiving votes at less than one-percent that were not on the ballot.

What does it mean?

Update II: Remember O4P in Iowa was on record that they were making ABSOLUTELY NO PUSH for the Straw Poll.

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