Ames, Iowa — Despite the growing buzz about Michele Bachmann at Ames, the Pawlenty campaign remains optimistic.
“We feel really good about our effort. We feel really good about the turnout today,” Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant says. “Lot of people that we’ve met over the past couple weeks came here to see him again and vote for him.”
“We got very, very good feedback from the debate,” Conant says. “Whatever the impact it has on the straw poll, which is largely an organizational effort, is hard to say.”
But here is one statistic that likely isn’t thrilling Team Pawlenty: when I spoke to a young man at the front of the Pawlenty food line, he said he had waited for five minutes. When I spoke to someone toward the front of the Bachmann food line, he said he had waited for two hours.
UPDATE: With half an hour left to vote, Politico is now reporting that Bachmann camp has given out 6,000 tickets.