The Republican Party holds what is called a straw poll in the summer before a Presidential election year. This year’s Iowa Straw Poll will be held in August. Iowa’s Presidential Caucus is held in January 2016. In the last Iowa Straw Poll, held in August 2011, Presidential candidates from the GOP met with the party faithful and gauged where they stood in the state that holds the first caucus in the nation. This non-binding vote gave then-Congresswoman Michele Bachmann the victory and some momentum for her Presidential bid. The momentum was short-lived as her campaign foundered near the January 2012 election. Recently, the folks at Real Clear Politics recently wrote about the significance of the Iowa Straw Poll. Do you see it as a significant event?
For the RCP column, click here.