Iowa GOP State Central Committee Announces
Straw Poll Ballot
9 candidates included on the ballot for the August 13 event
DES MOINES- With the
Iowa Straw Poll just three weeks away, The Iowa GOP State Central
Committee today released the ballot for the 2011 poll, scheduled to
take place August 13 on the campus of Iowa State University.The final ballot was decided at the 3rd quarter
public meeting of the Committee.
Those who reserved space at the Straw Poll were guaranteed to be
on the ballot. Candidates who reserved space includeCongresswoman
Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Congressman Thaddeus McCotter,
Congressman Ron Paul, Governor Tim Pawlenty and Senator Rick Santorum.
In addition to those who reserved space, Speaker Newt Gingrich,
Governor Jon Huntsman and Governor Mitt Romney were included on
the ballot. A write-in option will also be available.
The Iowa Straw Poll rules, including the ballot finalization
process, were passed by the State Central Committee at the 2nd
quarter meeting. The Iowa GOP extended invites to an exhaustive list of
candidates and potential candidates to attend two meetings outlining
the rules prior to the land allocation meeting on June 23.
During a similar meeting in the 2007, the State Central
Committee added Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator John McCain and Senator
Fred Thompson to the ballot that included each of the candidates who
reserved space. (Governor Mitt Romney, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator
Sam Brownback, Congressman Tom Tancredo, Congressman Ron Paul, Governor
Tommy Thompson, Congressman Duncan Hunter and John Cox)
Ed. Note: Interesting is the
decision not to include potential candidates Gov. Rick Perry, who has
been the subject of a huge amount of buzz recently, and former Gov.
Sarah Palin, who has been seen as a possible candidate since the
conclusion of the 2008 campaign.