And the Winner of the Ames Straw Poll Is...

With a sizable turnout about 3,000 votes greater than organizers expected, 16,892 total votes cast, Rep. Michele Bachmann wins the Ames Straw Poll. More results as they come in.

Rep. Ron Paul placed second, and Gov. Tim Pawlenty placed third.

Update: Ace has real numbers. Bachmann beat Paul by a couple hundred votes and doubled up on Pawlenty, who picked up just under 2300 votes. Interestingly, Gov. Rick Perry picked up over 700 write-in votes, putting him a dash ahead of Romney.