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May 19, 2014


Does Iowa Matter Anymore for Republicans?

"Iowa's presidential caucuses long have been the first event in the nominating process, but for Republicans, they lately have been a poor indicator of future success. The state's quadrennial GOP straw poll has been even more discredited, an event that no longer draws some of the top candidates," the Washington Post reports.

"All this has raised doubts about whether Iowa's presidential process represents a true test of Republican sentiment or merely a competition for dominance among social and religious conservatives. As a result, Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and others are taking steps to try to preserve the state's role as a presidential proving ground for candidates from all wings of the party."












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