Barack Obama and Ron Paul were the two winners in the Hamburg Inn's Coffee Bean Caucus, held at the politically famous Iowa City diner.
Hamburg Inn patrons could vote as many times as they visited the diner by dropping a coffee bean into their candidate's jar. The Coffee Bean Caucus was featured on TV's "The West Wing" in 2005. Results were announced this morning on a live CNN broadcast from the Hamburg Inn.
Several candidates, including Obama, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Green candidate Cynthia McKinney, visited the Hamburg Inn in 2007. Former president Bill Clinton also stopped by.
The votes leaned strongly Democratic in liberal Iowa City. Obama had nearly a two to one lead over second place Democrat Hillary Clinton, who in turn held nearly a two to one lead over Edwards. On the GOP side, Paul's lead was strong but less overwhelming over Mitt Romney.
|Barack Obama *||1733||Ron Paul||132|
|Hillary Clinton||830||Mitt Romney *||87|
|John Edwards *||445||Rudy Guiliani||71|
|Dennis Kucinich||291||Mike Huckabee||70|
|Bill Richardson||276||John McCain *||46|
|Joe Biden *||176||Fred Thompson||46|
|Chris Dodd *||79||Duncan Hunter||5|
|Cynthia McKinney (Green) *||36||Undecided||215|
* Visited Hamburg Inn, 2007