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STRAW POLL: Republicans Consider Changes

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Changes could be coming to the Iowa Republican straw poll.

Governor Branstad has pitched replacing the poll with four regional festivals that would allow voters to meet directly with candidates.

Iowa Republican Party Chair Danny Carroll plans to work with Governor Branstad but also supports the straw poll in its current form.

“I’ve always thought the straw poll always served a very good and useful purpose at that time of the year. It’s usually in August before we get up close to the caucuses and so it’s a good time to take the temperature so to speak of those candidates,” Carroll told Channel 13.

Minnesota representative Michele Bachmann won the 2011 straw poll but went on to finish a disappointing sixth in the caucuses five months later.


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