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Former Iowa caucus winner skipping straw poll

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Republican presidential field is big, but count one candidate out of a major political event in Iowa.

Mike Huckabee says he's skipping the Iowa Straw Poll in August.

On his website, Huckabee says his focus is on the Iowa caucuses, which he won in 2008.  "I have concluded this year's Iowa straw poll will serve only to weaken conservative candidates and further empower the Washington ruling class and their hand-picked candidates," said Huckabee.

Another Republican, Jeb Bush, also said he's skipping it.

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