Perry in Iowa in June (Dave Kaup / Reuters) Was this the wrong year to dump the Iowa Straw Poll? The state Republican Party cancelled its quadrennial August fundraiser for the first time in decades ... more 
Perry in Iowa in June (Dave Kaup / Reuters) Was this the wrong year to dump the Iowa Straw Poll? The state Republican Party cancelled its quadrennial August fundraiser for the first time in decades due to a lack of interest from the top candidates, who viewed it as a superficial test of strength and a waste of resources. There was also a sense of embarrassment at the survey’s poor predictive power: Neither of the last two winners, Mitt Romney in 2007 and Michele Bachmann in 2011, went on to win either the Iowa caucuses or the nomination the following year. less 
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