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Iowa GOP Aims to Scale Back Sideshow at Its 2016 Straw Poll

Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:07 AM

Iowa's presidential straw poll wants to go back to basics — just politics, no need for tents filled with barbecue and flashy bands.

Held since 1979, the straw poll is considered an early test of strength in presidential campaigns. It's grown from a county fundraiser to a major event where candidates spend heavily to entertain supporters.

But critics complain the event has become a costly sideshow. Now, the Iowa Republican Party says candidates will no longer have to bid thousands of dollars for space. The state party will also arrange for the food.

Candidates can still go over the top. But Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann hopes to end the idea that they have to "pay to play."

The straw poll will be held in Boone, Iowa, on Aug. 8.

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