Iowa Governor Terry Branstad wants to end straw poll days, says "outlived its usefulness"
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It's been around for more than 30-years, but now Iowa Governor Terry Branstad wants to end the straw poll.
The straw poll in Ames has served as a big fundraiser for the Republican Party of Iowa.
However, many Republicans will admit the poll does not show much correlation when it comes to who wins the Iowa Caucus; additionally, the winner of the straw poll does not frequently end up winning the Presidency.
In the most recent straw poll in 2011, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won; however, she did not win her bid for nomination.
Gov. Branstad said he "thinks the straw poll has outlived its usefulness."
He said it has been a good fundraiser, but that "its days are over."
Iowa State Representative Rep. Walt Rogers said he hopes it continues, though he admits there could be a better way to vote.
"It's good that we continue to energize people around the state, and I think it's good for Iowa," he added.
The Chair of the Black Hawk County Republicans, Garland "Mac" McDonald said Wednesday night that commenting on the Governor's recommendation to end the Iowa straw poll is premature at this point.
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