Iowa Straw Poll (1979–2011)

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The Iowa Straw Poll (also known as the Ames Straw Poll) was a presidential straw poll and fundraising event for the Republican Party of Iowa.wikipedia
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Iowa State Fair Straw Poll

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A similar poll (also at times referred to as the Iowa Straw Poll ) has been conducted at the Iowa State Fair since 2015.
It was begun in 2015 after the Republican Party of Iowa announced it would no longer hold its official Iowa Straw Poll given that a majority of presidential candidates declined to participate.

Republican Party of Iowa

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The Iowa Straw Poll (also known as the Ames Straw Poll) was a presidential straw poll and fundraising event for the Republican Party of Iowa. The event attracted both praise and criticism, with supporters noting that it raised funds for the Republican Party of Iowa and winnowed large fields of presidential candidates.
The RPI operates the Republican side of the Iowa caucuses and previously sponsored the Iowa Straw Poll.

Straw poll

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The Iowa Straw Poll (also known as the Ames Straw Poll) was a presidential straw poll and fundraising event for the Republican Party of Iowa. As a straw poll, the Iowa Straw Poll's results were non-binding and had no official effect on the presidential primaries.
Well-known American straw polls include the Ames Straw Poll and the Texas Straw Poll, both conducted on behalf of their respective state Republican Party organizations.

2012 United States presidential election in Iowa

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Usually the winner or the second-place finisher in the straw poll went on to win the Iowa caucuses, although in 2011, Rick Santorum placed fourth in the straw poll before winning the caucuses the following January.
In the August 13 Ames Straw Poll, a traditional straw poll held in Iowa Republican caucuses, Bachmann narrowly defeated Paul, with Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty trailing in third.

Michele Bachmann

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Bachmann was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, winning the Ames Straw Poll in August 2011 but dropping out in January 2012 after finishing in sixth place in the Iowa caucuses.

Mike Huckabee

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Consequently, the votes received by Mitt Romney and second-place finisher Mike Huckabee failed to demonstrate the consequence of full competition among all candidates.
At the August 11 Iowa Straw Poll, Huckabee took second place with 2,587 votes, roughly 18 percent, splitting the conservative Republican party votes amongst other candidates.

Iowa caucuses

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Usually the winner or the second-place finisher in the straw poll went on to win the Iowa caucuses, although in 2011, Rick Santorum placed fourth in the straw poll before winning the caucuses the following January. It was held six times, traditionally in late summer approximately six months in advance of contested presidential Iowa caucuses, from 1979 until 2011, on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.
For the Republicans, the Iowa caucus previously followed (but should not be confused with) the Iowa Straw Poll in August of the preceding year.

Lamar Alexander

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Due to poor results in the Iowa Straw Poll, Lamar Alexander and Dan Quayle both dropped out of the presidential race immediately after the Iowa Straw Poll.
He sought the nomination again in the 2000 Republican primaries, but dropped out after a poor showing in the Iowa Straw Poll.

Ames, Iowa

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It was held six times, traditionally in late summer approximately six months in advance of contested presidential Iowa caucuses, from 1979 until 2011, on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.
From 1979 through 2011, Ames was the location of the Ames Straw Poll, which was held every August prior to a presidential election year in which the Republican presidential nomination was undecided (meaning there was no Republican president running for re-election—as in 2011, 2007, 1999, 1995, 1987, and 1979).

2012 United States presidential election

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The first major event of the campaign was the Ames Straw Poll, which took place in Iowa on August 13, 2011.

United States presidential primary

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As a straw poll, the Iowa Straw Poll's results were non-binding and had no official effect on the presidential primaries.

Phil Gramm

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Bob Dole and Phil Gramm won with a tie.
Although he began the race with a full war-chest and tied for first place with Dole in the 1995 Iowa Straw Poll, his campaign was fatally wounded In 1995 when the scandal broke out that he had previously invested in the porn movies industry, which led the NYT to nickname him "Porno Gramm".

2012 Republican Party presidential primaries

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Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann started her campaign in June and surged in the polls after winning the Ames, Iowa, straw poll in August, knocking out former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, who both withdrew after their poor showings in the non-binding Straw Poll failed to revive their struggling campaigns.

John Kasich

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After very poor fundraising, he dropped out in July 1999, before the Iowa Straw Poll, and endorsed governor George W. Bush of Texas.

Elizabeth Dole

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Elizabeth Dole, who had spent comparably less, considered her third-place finish a boost to her flagging campaign (though she dropped out two months later due to lackluster fundraising).
Dole placed third—behind George W. Bush and Steve Forbes—in a large field in the Iowa Straw Poll (the first, non-binding, test of electability for the Republican Party nomination).

Sam Brownback

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On August 11, 2007, Brownback finished third in the Ames Straw Poll with 15.3 percent of all votes cast.

Ron Paul

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He placed second in the 2011 Ames Straw Poll, missing first by 0.9%.

Dan Quayle

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Due to poor results in the Iowa Straw Poll, Lamar Alexander and Dan Quayle both dropped out of the presidential race immediately after the Iowa Straw Poll.
In the first contest among the Republican candidates, the Ames Straw Poll of August 1999, he finished eighth.

Thaddeus McCotter

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On June 23, 2011, a McCotter representative bid $18,000 for a site at the Ames Straw Poll Auction in Iowa.

Tommy Thompson

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Tommy Thompson dropped out of the presidential campaign on August 12, 2007, one day after finishing in sixth place in the Iowa Straw Poll.
Thompson had stated he would drop out of the race if he did not finish either first or second in the Ames straw poll on August 11, 2007.

Tim Pawlenty

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The day after the poll, on August 14, Tim Pawlenty announced his withdrawal from the race after his third-place finish.
Pawlenty finished third in the Ames Straw Poll on August 13, 2011, behind the winner Michele Bachmann and the runner-up Ron Paul.

Iowa State University

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It was held six times, traditionally in late summer approximately six months in advance of contested presidential Iowa caucuses, from 1979 until 2011, on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.

President of the United States

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The event attracted both praise and criticism, with supporters noting that it raised funds for the Republican Party of Iowa and winnowed large fields of presidential candidates.

Bellwether

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The poll itself held a mixed record as a bellwether for either the Iowa caucuses or the GOP nomination; three times (George H. W. Bush in '79, Bob Dole in '95, and George W. Bush in '99) would the winner of the straw poll also win the Iowa caucuses the next year, but only twice ('95 and '99) did these candidates go on to win the GOP nomination.

Bob Dole

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Bob Dole and Phil Gramm won with a tie. The poll itself held a mixed record as a bellwether for either the Iowa caucuses or the GOP nomination; three times (George H. W. Bush in '79, Bob Dole in '95, and George W. Bush in '99) would the winner of the straw poll also win the Iowa caucuses the next year, but only twice ('95 and '99) did these candidates go on to win the GOP nomination.