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Romney Needs Big Win at Ames Straw Poll

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Romney Needs Big Win at Ames Straw Poll

Election 2008

Romney Needs Big Win at Ames Straw Poll

Romney Needs Big Win at Ames Straw Poll

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Iowa Republicans have their quadrennial straw poll Saturday in Ames, allowing anyone with $25 to express his or her preference for president — five months ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

But this year, three of the top four candidates in the party have decided not to contest the straw poll. That means Mitt Romney, who is taking part, needs to win big.