The Iowa Republican Party killed the state's high-profile presidential straw poll, putting an end to a decades-old political tradition. Linda So reports.
Say goodbye to the Iowa Straw Poll. The state Republican Party voted unanimously on Friday to put an end to the decades-old tradition. The decision comes after several prominent Republicans including Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio said they would not participate this year. SOUNDBITE: IOWA GOP CHAIRMAN JEFF KAUFFMANN, SAYING: "My job is to throw out the welcome mat. They made a decision, I think a good decision would've been to come to straw poll. They disagree." The circus-like summer event had traditionally served as a test of organizing strength for Republican presidential candidates. But it's also timely and costly. The poll has been criticized for boosting minor candidates and not reflecting the overall preferences of Republicans in Iowa. Neither of the last two straw poll winners... Mitt Romney in 2007 and Michele Bachmann in 2011 went on to win the Iowa nominating contest the next year.