Friday, August 17, 2007

Romney Week in Review

After attending 310 events, conducting 53 "Ask Mitt Anythings," and spending 43 days in Iowa, Governor Mitt Romney overwhelmingly won the Ames Straw Poll with 31.5% of the vote.

If you weren't able to make it out to the Hawkeye State on Saturday, watch "Change Begins in Iowa," a new video on Mitt TV about the straw poll, or browse through dozens of great photos from the festivities.

The victory in Iowa has caused surging traffic to, record sign-ups for Team Mitt, and tremendous buzz in the blogosphere. Indeed, according to the US News & World Report, Governor Romney was the second most blogged about person the day after his big win - falling only behind Harry Potter!

Among those blogging at was Doug Gross, the campaign's State Chair of Iowa. Gross wrote: "The road to the Iowa Caucuses begins at Ames, and the Straw Poll is an important indication of a campaign’s ability to organize and mobilize supporters. The Ames Straw Poll is essentially a dress rehearsal for the Caucuses. Judging by the results, our organization was tested and proven and emerged as the strongest statewide campaign. Indeed, our strength alone forced several candidates to come to the realization months before any barbeque was served that they could not compete. Saturday's victory sends an important signal to grassroots Republican activists – the Romney campaign is ready to compete."

The momentum from Iowa followed Governor Romney to the early primary state of Nevada where he held an early morning "Ask Mitt Anything" attended by an enthusiastic crowd of 300 people and where Mitt has jumped to a 10 point lead, according to a poll by the Reno Gazette-Journal. And Ames wasn't the only straw poll that Governor Romney won this week, as Mitt won the Illinois Republican Presidential Straw Poll by a sizable margin.

Finally, Mrs. Romney sat down with ABC's "Nightline" to discuss her travels on the campaign trail, her five sons and ten grandchildren, and her struggles with multiple sclerosis.