Iowa Republicans May Decide to Ditch Straw Poll

The state's Republican party will revisit whether to continue the largely symbolic event on Friday.

Rick Perry And Michelle Bachmann Address Republican Dinner In Iowa

on August 14, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

From the Des Moines Register:

Friday could be the day the Iowa Straw Poll dies.

The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa will revisit going forward with the event during a conference call Friday morning, as some party officials resign themselves to the view that the much-criticized party fundraiser could potentially damage Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, GOP insiders told The Des Moines Register Wednesday.

Back in January, the Iowa GOP board voted 16-0 to proceed with the straw poll, a tradition dating to 1979. It's a daylong political festival meant to showcase the party's presidential candidates and to bring Iowa Republicans together for food, music and field-winnowing. This year, it's scheduled for Aug. 8 at the Central Iowa Expo near Boone.

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