Marco Rubio won’t waste time, money on Iowa straw poll: Marco Rubio in the news

1 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll: Jeb Bush lags in Iowa, Marco Rubio shows promise.

The Iowa Republican Party, desperate to keep its quadrennial cash cow alive, is warning 2016 presidential nomination candidates that they skip the party’s Aug. 8 straw poll at their own peril, The Washington Times has learned.

A new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows more than a third of likely Republican caucus participants say they would never vote for Jeb Bush, while Marco Rubio is the top seond choice candididate for likely caucus voters.Scott Walkers leads the field. Scott Walker is continuing his strong early showing in Iowa, leading other candidates and potential candidates in the 2016 GOP field with 17 percent of the vote in a new poll. Chris Christie received the support of 4 percent of likely Iowa caucus goers in a poll released Saturday as almost 6 in 10 Republicans viewed him unfavorably. From Bloomberg: “When first and second choices are combined, Rubio ranks second to Walker, 18 percent to 27 percent. “That may foreshadow growing stature,” Selzer said of Rubio.” Meanwhile, Rubio joins Bush, Mike Huckabee and Lindsey Graham in deciding to not to compete in the Iowa Straw poll in August, a once heavily hyped event that increasingly is viewed as an expensive, and pointless event for campaigns. Ann Selzer, president of West Des Moines-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll, told Bloomberg Politics. “For the time being, he’s doing the right things to make the right first impression.” Tied for the second spot?

Mike Huckabee, revealed they would not attend the traditional late-summer event ahead of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses set for early February. Tied for second are Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 10 percent, with Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee next at 9 percent each. Ash, an RNC member from Arizona, said candidates had to spend up to $4 million to compete effectively in the straw poll, the outcome of which often bore little correlation with the eventual GOP nominee. “I hope all of our folks in Iowa will focus on party success and not just on filling their party coffers by trying to bully our candidates,” Mr. Hoefert, the Iowa GOP co-chairman, wrote to the 2016 candidates that, among those ready to shun candidates who skip the poll, is Sioux County GOP Chairman Mark Lundberg, rated as one of the state’s most influential political figures. “It is important,” Mr. Among respondents who did not name Christie as their first or second choice, 45 percent said they could never support him for the nomination,highest among the serious potential or actual presidential candidates, while 34 percent said they could back for him.

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