It’s early, costly and pressure packed for a vote that doesn’t even matter. Some well-known candidates have skipped it lately. Meaning lesser-known candidates win, making the results irrelevant later. The governor is joining critics elsewhere calling for changes.
Ray Chadwick’s a former Iowan who now lives in New Hampshire where he chairs the Hillsborough County Republicans. He keeps his eye on how Iowa Republicans do their straw poll. He doesn’t like it.
Last year, Michele Bachmann wins the event in Ames in which Mitt Romney and Rick Perry don’t even bother to compete. Then she’s not even a candidate when it’s time for the New Hampshire primary. Chadwick’s granite state doesn’t hold a statewide straw poll.