Mitt Skipping Iowa Straw Poll 2007 Ames winner saving his cash for the primaries By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Jun 10, 2011 1:40 AM CDT 2 comments Comments Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with entrepreneurs at Bizdom U in Detroit earlier this week. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Newser) – Mitt Romney is going to skip the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa this summer, along with every other straw poll in the country. The Iowa poll is seen as a crucial test of a campaign's strength, but Romney campaign officials say they plan to save resources for winning primaries and caucuses, ABC News reports. Romney won the 2007 Ames poll after spending $1 million last time around, but went on to lose the caucuses, Politico notes.