Don't Bury the Iowa Straw Poll Yet

Will Iowa's Republican leaders punish Bush, Rubio and Huckabee for bailing out?

The candidate with the most corn won.

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The Iowa Straw Poll (nee Ames Straw Poll) on presidential contenders has fallen on hard times. Since 1979, the quadrennial event has been a beauty-contest vote attached to a fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party. It has nothing to do with selection of a party's presidential delegates that starts early the next year in the Iowa caucuses, but it has attracted plenty of attention over the years.

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