Iowa Republican leaders say they will continue straw poll

Former Arkansas Governor Huckabee speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesBy Kay Henderson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Iowa Republicans will hold an unofficial poll this summer to gauge how the party’s presidential hopefuls are faring before the state chooses a candidate for president in 2016, party leaders said on Saturday. The ‘straw poll’ has been a traditional tool to stoke grassroots enthusiasm ahead of the Iowa Caucus – typically the first major statewide event to select a national candidate for both major parties. …

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