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giuliani and mccain not compete in iowa straw poll

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  • ~**~**Joseph**~**~
    Two of the three national frontrunners for the GOP Presidential nomination -- Rudy Giuliani and John McCain -- both announced this week they will not actively
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      Two of the three national frontrunners for the GOP Presidential
      nomination -- Rudy Giuliani and John McCain -- both announced this
      week they will not actively compete in the influential Ames Straw
      Poll in Iowa this August. The event draws major media attention, and
      underdogs try to score unexpected wins at the event since everyone
      who purchased a ticket to the event can vote. That prompted
      multimillionaire businessman Morry Taylor (R) in 1996 to bus in and
      buy tickets for some of his company's employees from Michigan to
      cast ballots on his behalf in a failed attempt for a higher showing.
      Of course, even if non-Iowans vote in the straw ballot, it is still
      seen as a sign of organizational strength -- as it takes successful
      field work to pack the hall in Iowa with your supporters (no matter
      where they live). The move signals that Giuliani and McCain know
      they are weak in the state. Ditto for Newt Gingrich, who has yet to
      announce his candidacy and plans to personally attend the event, but
      only as a non-candidate, so as to speak with people outside the
      gathering about his ideas for America. Fred Thompson -- who launched
      his exploratory committee this week -- reportedly is also interested
      in finding a way to skip the straw poll, as he doesn't have
      sufficient time to organize in the state and cultivate supporters
      for the event. Mitt Romney is currently viewed as holding an
      organizational advantage in Iowa over all his Republican rivals.

      joseph
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