Iowa Governor: Let's Kill Our Straw Poll
It's a political relic, says GOP's Terry Branstad
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2012 12:20 PM CST
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., blows kisses as she speaks to her supporters after winning the Iowa straw poll in Ames on Aug. 13, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – The Iowa straw poll may be a political tradition for the GOP, but the state's own Republican governor thinks it should be retired. The Ames poll has "outlived its usefulness" except as a fundraiser for the party, Terry Branstad tells the Wall Street Journal. In more than 30 years, only George W. Bush in 1999 has won both the poll and the presidency the following year, notes the Journal. Witness last year's winner: Michele Bachmann. The state's GOP chief quickly brushed off Branstad's suggestion, however. "This is not a decision he will make," says AJ Spiker.

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1freeusa
Nov 23, 2012 9:37 PM CST
the iowa straw poll. wasnt that a sit-com about a bunch of old republicans living in fantasy land. I thought it was replaced by fox newsless
DalaiLama
Nov 21, 2012 9:12 PM CST
Kill the Iowa caucuses. It's our only hope of getting rid of Ethanol. The only reason we have to burn that shit in our cars is Iowa vote buying from both parties. Corn is best used as a food, not an additive for our cars.
Scott60561
Nov 21, 2012 8:32 PM CST
Eh, whatever makes Iowa feel relevant I guess