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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
posted by Timotheus | 5:51 PM | permalink
Two campaigns have now abandoned any meaningful attempt to compete in Iowa by abandoning the Ames Straw Poll. Giuliani and McCain have thrown the hat in. This is an enormous victory for Romney. The other top tier (if McCain can still be called that) campaigns have admitted defeat. I hope Iowans hand Romney the huge victory he deserves in the Ames Straw Poll and work together with us now that the other candidates have snubbed them. Of course, those who work or lobby for their campaigns will argue the straw poll is now meaningless. And I will argue with others that they fail to understand Iowa.

Update (Press Release): Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President spokesman Kevin Madden issued the following statement on the Ames Straw Poll:

"Governor Romney has put in the time, built the organization and communicated his message to the voters of Iowa. It's a message focused on bringing conservative change to Washington, and it is resonating with Iowa voters because it matches his record of accomplishment as governor."

"Our plan all along has been to play in the Iowa straw poll, and that hasn't changed. Campaigns that have decided to abandon Ames are likely doing so out of a recognition that their organizations are outmatched and their message falls flat with Republican voters in Iowa."

"It looks as if we just beat those campaigns in Iowa two months earlier than we had planned on beating them."
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I think that Mitt will clean house now in Iowa. However, the MSM will not pay attention to the event now that Rudy & John aren't going. I'm wondering if Romney will refocus his efforts on winning in NH, and more importantly, SC and FL now that he has IA all tied up. I just hope he doesn't blow away the competition early and then not show too great in later states. What say ye? It

There's only one explanation for Mitt Romney's ascension to the top of the polls -- the cream.

He is the cream and the cream always rises to the top.

That's all I have to say about that.

Beth Barnat
Winters, CA

I subscribe to the school of thought that says "Super Duper Tuesday" makes the early primaries more important, not less. Voters will have little time to decide after the first few primaries and candidates will have less money than usual to distinguish themselves because they have too many large markets to deal with. Which basically means they look to Iowa and New Hampshire even more. Of course, Romney isn't in the position he is in today in New Hampshire and Iowa by luck. He is winning in those states because people like him and his fresh conservative message. We want a competent and good natured leader and the rest of the country will come along as Romney continues to introduce himself to the national audience. I would add that Romney has been focusing on Florida, South Carolina, and other important early states, not just Iowa and New Hampshire.

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