Now, the promoters of today’s Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa concede has “no official or legal effect”, they call it “a first indicator of the strength of a candidate’s organization and message.” Indeed, media from all over the country are in town to cover the event.
And that is unfortunate. But, maybe then their interest is indicative of a growing hope for new leadership which will bring real change to Washington.
Looking at the participation in last year’s straw poll where Mitt “Romney won with 4,516” whereas turnout in the 2008 Iowa GOP caucuses (cauci?) was 119,118, Jim Geraghty quips that “it’s quite possible what we’ll see this weekend is the preference of an unrepresentative sample of about 12 percent of Iowa Republican caucus-goers.”
And all this unrepresentative sample of a state which has only gone Republican once in the past six elections could mean the end of several candidates’ bids for the White House.