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To: SharpRightTurn

Iowa has only a non-binding straw poll, not a primary. At caucuses, local party officials are selected, and delegates to county conventions are selected. Those delegates are not bound to a candidate.

In 2012, for example, Santorum narrowly defeated Romney in the straw poll. Ron Paul backers ended up controlling the state party and got the majority of national convention delegates, who ended up backing Romney anyway as a nod to party unity.


22 posted on 03/15/2014 5:14:30 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

“Iowa has only a non-binding straw poll, not a primary. At caucuses, local party officials are selected, and delegates to county conventions are selected. Those delegates are not bound to a candidate.”

But doesn’t the party have rules that if you hold a primary before NH or a caucus before IA you lose delegates, thereby giving those two states a preference and protected status?


30 posted on 03/15/2014 5:32:10 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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