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Big political players plan to skip Iowa Straw Poll

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An Iowa tradition is set to return this summer: the Iowa Straw Poll.

However, Republicans Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush have announced they won't be attending.

"It's truly disappointing that they are not available to come in," Chelle Adkins said, a member of the Iowa Straw Poll Site Committee.

Adkins also sits on the Iowa GOP central committee. She says when candidates, and potential candidates, pass on events like this, Iowa voters take it personally.

"Which candidate is more in tune with their ideals and their beliefs and what they want to see for this country."

The straw poll isn't scientific. Nevertheless, Adkins describes the event as a time for Iowans to ask questions, and to see who's on deck for the White House.

This will be just the seventh Iowa Straw Poll since the first in 1979. Political analysts say Huckabee and Bush not attending is a major setback.

KWWL Political Analyst Chris Larimer says in his recent blog post, "The straw poll is dominated by social conservatives, a group of voters predisposed to favor Huckabee."

Yet - the Republican plans to be a no-show.

With big names opting out of the event, some question the straw poll's relevance.

Adkins says it might look different in the years to come, but believes the Iowa Straw Poll has a future.

"I can't say it's definitely dying, I won't say it, because I really think a lot of Iowans do appreciate it."

The straw poll will be held August 8 in Boone.


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