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Ready? Fire Ames!
National Review Online, by Editors

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Posted By:tisHimself, 11/26/2012 10:56:24 AM

Iowa governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, has suggested that the days of the Ames straw poll — the Midwest summer spectacle that takes the temperature of an idiosyncratic slice of the Republican party months before the first binding primaries — might be numbered. “I think the straw poll has outlived its usefulness,” Branstad told the Wall Street Journal. “It has been a great fundraiser for the party, but I think its days are over.”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kens, 11/26/2012 11:24:26 AM     (No. 9034288)

Frankly - - it´s time to simply bypass Iowa altogether.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rollingcow, 11/26/2012 12:02:30 PM     (No. 9034360)

I think people are silly to put too much credence into any one state. Those of us who live in Iowa are Americans like any one else, I´m not sure who made us first in caucuses, but as I´ve said before there´s no law stating that the rest of the country has to be lemmings and follow us over the cliff. The Straw Poll is goofy, who said it was gospel?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 11/26/2012 12:51:47 PM     (No. 9034446)

It´s not just the Ames poll, the whole process needs to be cleaned up. There were some state rules that were so archaic few could make sense of them. No more caucuses choosing delegates for a to be held later State caucus. No more open primaries. I don´t mind Iowa and NH going first, but hold them the same day and add Colorado and South Carolina.

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