Only Half of Iowa Republican Caucus-Goers Care if 2016 Candidates Attend Straw Poll

The straw poll was one of the traditions tested to help determine the level of political pandering Iowans expect.

An Iowa state flag flies near the entrance to a farm operated by Daybreak Foods which has been designated 'bio security area' on May 17, 2015 near Eagle Grove, Iowa.

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Republican presidential candidates who skip the Iowa Straw Poll in August aren't likely to pay much of a price for their decisions.

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