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              FILE - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in this May 11, 2011 file photo taken in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa straw poll has devolved into a

    FILE - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in this May 11, 2011 file photo taken in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa straw poll has devolved into a

    Posted: 11/22/2012 7:28:19 AM EST
    FILE - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in this May 11, 2011 file photo taken in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa straw poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. The poll, which morphed over the decades into a closely watched early test of caucus campaign strength, had "outlived its usefulness," Branstad told The Wall Street Journal Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
  •  - Republican Presidential Candidate Tommy Thompson waits to be introduced during the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames

    Republican Presidential Candidate Tommy Thompson waits to be introduced during the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames

    Posted: 10/1/2012 9:22:25 AM EST
    A file photo of Tommy Thompson, who waits to be introduced during the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, August 11, 2007. REUTERS/Joshua Lott
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    Posted: 3/23/2012 3:50:45 PM EST
    RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME OF AUDITORIUM TO DODSON - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich participates during a Tea Party Presidential forum and straw poll hosted by the LSU College Republicans, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Dodson Auditorium on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Tim Mueller)
  •  - Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur announces early results from Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses in Bellevue

    Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur announces early results from Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses in Bellevue

    Posted: 3/3/2012 8:29:16 PM EST
    Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur announces early results from Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses, showing Mitt Romney with an early lead, in Bellevue, Washington, March 3, 2012. Turnout was heavy at the Washington state Republican caucuses on Saturday as Romney took an early lead in the non-binding straw poll he hopes will propel his campaign to a strong showing on Super Tuesday. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - Washington State GOP Chairmen Kirby Wilbur announces early results from Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses in Bellevue

    Washington State GOP Chairmen Kirby Wilbur announces early results from Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses in Bellevue

    Posted: 3/3/2012 8:25:29 PM EST
    Washington State GOP Chairmen Kirby Wilbur announces early results from Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses, showing Mitt Romney with an early lead, in Bellevue, Washington March 3, 2012. Turnout was heavy at the Washington state Republican caucuses on Saturday as Romney took an early lead in the non-binding straw poll he hopes will propel his campaign to a strong showing on Super Tuesday. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - Indiana Tea Party member Madden talks with other members during the U.S. Congressional Eighth District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at the Indiana Tea Party convention in Evansville

    Indiana Tea Party member Madden talks with other members during the U.S. Congressional Eighth District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at the Indiana Tea Party convention in Evansville

    Posted: 2/28/2012 9:19:01 PM EST
    Indiana Tea Party member Roger Madden talks with other members during the U.S. Congressional Eighth District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at the Indiana Tea Party convention meeting to pick their congressional candidates in Evansville, Indiana January 28, 2012. With the May 8 primary looming, the Tea Party groups are trying to capitalize on their grassroots organization to bring voters to the polls. Picture taken January 28, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT)
  •  - Republican candidate Hall talks about his run for the Eighth District Congressional seat at the U.S. Congressional Eighth District 2012 Straw Poll Convention in Evansville

    Republican candidate Hall talks about his run for the Eighth District Congressional seat at the U.S. Congressional Eighth District 2012 Straw Poll Convention in Evansville

    Posted: 2/28/2012 9:15:07 PM EST
    Republican candidate Garry Hall talks about his run for the Eighth District Congressional seat at the U.S. Congressional Eighth District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at the Indiana Tea Party convention meeting in Evansville, Indiana January 28, 2012. With the May 8 primary looming, the Tea Party groups are trying to capitalize on their grassroots organization to bring voters to the polls. Picture taken January 28, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - Indiana Tea Party member Nelson listens to speeches by congressional candidates during the U.S. Congressional 8th District 2012 Straw Poll Convention in Evansville

    Indiana Tea Party member Nelson listens to speeches by congressional candidates during the U.S. Congressional 8th District 2012 Straw Poll Convention in Evansville

    Posted: 2/28/2012 9:12:16 PM EST
    Indiana Tea Party member Bill Nelson (C) listens to speeches by congressional candidates during the U.S. Congressional 8th District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at the Indiana Tea Party convention meeting in Evansville, Indiana January 28, 2012. With the May 8 primary looming, the Tea Party groups are trying to capitalize on their grassroots organization to bring voters to the polls. Picture taken January 28, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - Members of the Indiana Tea Party say the Pledge of Allegiance, before the start of the U.S. Congressional 8th District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at an Indiana Tea Party convention meeting in

    Members of the Indiana Tea Party say the Pledge of Allegiance, before the start of the U.S. Congressional 8th District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at an Indiana Tea Party convention meeting in

    Posted: 2/28/2012 9:10:00 PM EST
    Members of the Indiana Tea Party say the Pledge of Allegiance, before the start of the U.S. Congressional 8th District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at an Indiana Tea Party convention meeting to pick their congressional candidates in Evansville, Indiana January 28, 2012. With the May 8 primary looming, the Tea Party groups are trying to capitalize on their grassroots organization to bring voters to the polls. Picture taken January 28, 2012. REUTERS/ John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - Indiana Tea Party member Madden of Evansville checks in at the desk for the U.S. Congressional Eighth District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at the Indiana Tea Party convention meeting in Evansville

    Indiana Tea Party member Madden of Evansville checks in at the desk for the U.S. Congressional Eighth District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at the Indiana Tea Party convention meeting in Evansville

    Posted: 2/28/2012 9:07:58 PM EST
    Indiana Tea Party member Roger Madden of Evansville checks in at the desk for the U.S. Congressional Eighth District 2012 Straw Poll Convention at the Indiana Tea Party convention meeting to pick their congressional candidates in Evansville, Indiana January 28, 2012. With the May 8 primary looming, the Tea Party groups are trying to capitalize on their grassroots organization to bring voters to the polls. Picture taken January 28, 2012. REUTERS/ John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - Members of the audience react after Romney narrowly won a straw poll over Santorum during the CPAC in Washington

    Members of the audience react after Romney narrowly won a straw poll over Santorum during the CPAC in Washington

    Posted: 2/11/2012 6:37:30 PM EST
    Members of the audience react after Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney narrowly won a straw poll over Rick Santorum during the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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    Posted: 1/4/2012 2:50:48 AM EST
    Barb Hansen tallies votes during a caucus of precinct 42 near Smithland, Iowa Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum shared the straw poll ballot with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in a caucus race as jumbled as any in the 40 years since Iowa gained the presidential campaign lead-off position. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)
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    Posted: 12/3/2011 1:55:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., steps from her campaign bus to greet supporters after winning the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa. . Campaigning across Iowa, Bachmann frequently reminds voters she is a native. But that does not explain the route she has traveled: from Waterloo, a manufacturing city of 68,000 where she was born 55 years ago in a Democratic-voting family with union roots, to congresswoman from the St. Paul area, whose personal and political life have been shaped by her embrace of evangelical Christianity and later, a highly combative brand of conservatism. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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    Posted: 10/2/2011 12:20:45 PM EST
    In this photo taken Sept. 24, 2011 Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain speaks to delegates at a Florida Republican party convention before a Florida straw poll in Orlando, Fla. Nevada votes next in the string of string of nominating contests and the caucuses, tentatively set for Feb. 18, could scramble the GOP race. Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul have been working Nevada for months; they've hired campaign staffs, opened offices and assembled networks of volunteers. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 5:40:47 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich waves to delegates after speaking prior to a straw poll during a Florida Republican Party Presidency 5 Convention Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 4:55:45 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to delegates before a straw poll during a Florida Republican Party Presidency 5 Convention Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 3:05:46 AM EST
    Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks to delegates before a straw poll during a Florida Republican Party Presidency 5 Convention Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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    Posted: 9/29/2011 3:05:46 AM EST
    Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks to delegates before a straw poll during a Florida Republican Party Presidency 5 Convention Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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    Posted: 9/26/2011 4:25:46 PM EST
    Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain, speaks to delegates before straw poll during a Florida Republican Party Presidency 5 Convention Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  •  - Herman Cain's supporters react as he is proclaimed the winner of the straw poll during the Republican Party of Florida Presidency 5 Convention in Orlando

    Herman Cain's supporters react as he is proclaimed the winner of the straw poll during the Republican Party of Florida Presidency 5 Convention in Orlando

    Posted: 9/24/2011 7:27:43 PM EST
    Herman Cain's supporters Sandra Nicholson (L), Kris Mitten (C) and John Mitten, from Brooksville, Florida, react as he is proclaimed the winner of the straw poll during the Republican Party of Florida Presidency 5 Convention in Orlando, Florida, September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Phelan Ebenhack (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)