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The Iowa Republican straw poll, once a staple campaign event for GOP presidential candidates, has been cancelled.
According to Jeff Kauffman, state chairman of the party, a governing board voted unanimously on Friday to drop the event.
The straw poll, a GOP tradition since 1979, had been scheduled for August 8.
While calling the straw poll's cancellation "extremely distasteful" to those who favor it, Kauffman said that step was necessary to strengthen Iowa's first-in-the-nation status.
The cancellation is also a reflection of the turbulent inner party dynamics of the GOP.
Three of the higher profiled Republican candidates including; Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Huckabee planned to skip the event.
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