Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) suggested the Iowa Straw Poll, a 33-year-old Republican ritual, is no longer a useful part of the GOP presidential primary race.
“I think the straw poll has outlived its usefulness,” Branstad said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “It has been a great fundraiser for the party but I think its days are over.”
In 2011, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) won the straw poll at the height of her presidential run. She ended her campaign months later after a poor showing in the Iowa caucus.
“You saw what happened the last time," Branstad said. “I don’t think candidates will spend the time or money to participate in a straw poll if they don’t see any real benefit coming out of it.”
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