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Would Eliminating the Iowa Straw Poll Hurt Candidates like Ron Paul?

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National Monitor, Staff | November 22, 2012

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad wants to eliminate the Iowa straw poll. If you were a supporter of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, this news should concern you. Mr. Paul and other non-mainstream candidates relied heavily on events like the Iowa straw poll to generate voter enthusiasm in a race that was dominated by super PACs and candidates with seemingly unlimited resources.

“I think the straw poll has outlived its usefulness,” Mr. Branstad recently told The Wall Street Journal. “It has been a great fundraiser for the party, but I think its days are over.”

For candidates like Congressman Paul, the Iowa straw poll may never outlive its usefulness. Although Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann defeated the Texas Republican with 4,823 votes, Mr. Paul finished in a close second with 4,671 votes. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty took third with 2,293 votes.

While the former Air Force surgeon was bested by Congresswoman Bachmann, his second place finish rallied his grassroots supporters, funneled donations into his campaign and made him a viable candidate on the national stage. The same thing could be said about Ms. Bachmann. Although she exited the race shortly after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses in January, the Minnesota Republican made a name for herself by effectively eliminating Mr. Pawlenty from the GOP primary race.

“The straw poll is a disservice to Iowa Republicans in that it discourages top-tier candidates from attending, and therein threatens their participation in the caucuses, a la John McCain and Rudy Giuliani,” Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht told the Des Moines Register. “Or, a candidate still finds success in the caucus despite not participating or finishes sixth in the caucuses despite winning the straw poll.”

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Odd headline...

as it is designed to hurt candidates like Dr. Paul.


Top down control like

Top down control like governors and party insiders have outlasted their usefulness in a digital age.

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Remember, Ron Paul damn near

Remember, Ron Paul damn near tied what's-her-name for 1st place in the last Iowa straw poll. That's what has they terrified.

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

Wrong Question

The real question that matters:

"Would Eliminating the Iowa Straw Poll Hurt Voters?"

Or are voters too stupid to handle a straw poll result?

We know who has a big advantage when it comes to most media coverage among candidates, and we know who is at a disadvantage. Straw polls are a publicity and fund-raising events to benefit organizations, but they are also useful ways to earn some news coverage by otherwise ignored candidates, assuming they have the support of voters to pull it off.

Of course, there's no guarantee the media won't skip or downplay the results, or hype them, depending on their bias. But the point is still one of free speech, assembly, and the rights of the individuals who attend or are doing their due dilligence before voting.

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All the straw polls should be axed.

They mean NOTHING, as delegate count is the only thing that matters.

It's like if the media was obsessing over the AP Poll when the BCS Rankings are the only thing that determines the bowl matchups.

I don't play, I commission the league.

haha, no! what a joke that

haha, no! what a joke that some redneck state-fair gathering even gives a dime's worth of legitimacy to a movement with tens of millions. The Iowa straw poll is a small time joke, and will continue to crumble into the dustbin of history.

Lets Take It To A Vote...

1) Who is in favor of getting rid of Terry Branstad?

2) Who is in favor of getting rid of the Iowa Straw Poll?