Iowa Straw Poll is moving to Boone

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Iowa Straw Poll, Loved and Loathed, Is Moving to Boone.

The Iowa Straw Poll, a tradition loved but sometimes loathed by Republican presidential candidates, will take place Aug. 8 in Boone, the state party announced on Thursday. Held since 1979 on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, the all-day political jamboree, which is part county fair, part Republican convention, was put up for bid this year.

Candidates bus in supporters and pay their entrance fees, assuring that the winner is often the best-organized and best-funded, not the most popular with an honest sample of likely caucus-goers. Branstad of Iowa, a Republican, who in 2012 said the straw poll had “outlived its usefulness.’’ Because the Republican National Committee is limiting debates for the 2016 cycle, this year there will be no debate among the candidates on the eve of the straw poll, which could give candidates an excuse not to save the date.

The Iowa Republican blog pointed out that there is plenty of parking, but no air-conditioned arena for candidate speeches or to cool off on a blistering day.

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