A voter holds his Iowa straw poll admission ticket in Ames

Iowa Republicans kill high-profile presidential straw poll

A voter holds his Iowa straw poll admission ticket in AmesBy Kay Henderson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – The Iowa Republican Party on Friday killed the state’s high-profile presidential straw poll, putting an end to a decades-old political tradition that had outlived its usefulness. The circus-like summer event, planned for August 8, had traditionally served as a test of organizing strength that helped winnow the Republican presidential field in the state that kicks off the White House nominating race. None of the top names in the growing 2106 list of Republican candidates had committed to attending the event, scheduled more than a year before the November 2016 general election.

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