Jeb Bush to Skip Iowa Straw Poll

He's the first potential Republican candidate to say he'll skip the event.

Jeb Bush, former governor of Texas, speaks during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

From the Des Moines Register: 

No Iowa Straw Poll for Jeb Bush.

The likely Republican presidential candidate will instead attend a competing event, the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, the day of the Iowa event, GOP sources in Iowa told The Des Moines Register Tuesday. A spokesman for Bush confirmed the report.

Bush, a former Florida governor, is the first among the Republican 2016 presidential field to officially opt out of the straw poll, a nationally-renowned event that has drawn significant criticism over the years.

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Jeff Kaufmann, the chair of the Iowa GOP, was quick to respond on Twitter:

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