Iowa Straw Poll

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Iowa GOP Votes to Cancel Straw Poll

The Iowa Straw Poll had been a popular event for Republican activists in Iowa since 1979. It features music, food, and a fair-like atmosphere. It was a major fundraiser for the state Republican party, which would sell thousands of tickets, and a chance for presidential candidates to establish themselves as early frontrunners or for underdogs to gain traction.

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Marco Rubio Skipping Iowa Straw Poll

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff has announced that the Senator isn’t taking his campaign for the 2016 GOP nomination to the Iowa Straw Poll this year.

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Huckabee Joins Bush and Graham, Will Skip Iowa Straw Poll

Three are out; who’lll be in? GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee joined potential GOP candidates Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) in saying he’ll skip the Iowa Straw Poll this summer.

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Jeb Bush Passes on Iowa Straw Poll

A spokesperson for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told the Des Moines Register that Bush will opt out of the broadly criticized Iowa Straw Poll and focus on the Feb 1 Iowa caucuses, instead.